Former South Texas judge gets prison for bribery

11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago Thursday, September 26 2019 Sep 26, 2019 September 26, 2019 3:12 PM September 26, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) - A former South Texas judge has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after he was convicted of conspiracy, bribery and obstructing justice.

Prosecutors say Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado, while a state district court judge in Hidalgo County, took bribes for several years in return for favorable rulings. The 66-year-old former judge was sentenced Wednesday in McAllen, a little more than two months after a jury in Houston found him guilty.

With his conviction, he resigned from the seat on the 13th Texas Court of Appeals to which he'd been elected last November.

Prosecutors say Delgado took more than $5,000 in bribes between January 2008 and November 2016. Prosecutors also say that when the judge heard the FBI was investigating him, he told the lawyer to lie about the payments.

This story has been corrected to locate the sentencing venue to McAllen.

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