Prosecutors: Federal agents were investigating state district judge in Cameron County
Prosecutors told a judge Wednesday that federal agents had been investigating a state district judge in Cameron County.
Prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez Jr. that Brownsville school board Trustee Laura Perez-Reyes — a witness in the Atkinson case — was also involved in a separate federal investigation that targeted state District Judge Elia Cornejo Lopez.
Perez-Reyes, who is running for Cameron County district clerk, wanted Lopez's support in the election, according to prosecutors.
Lopez, who is involved in litigation with the Brownsville school district, wanted Perez-Reyes to support a settlement agreement in her case, according to prosecutors.
Perez-Reyes had Atkinson serve as a go-between when she responded to Lopez's request to support the settlement agreement.
Prosecutors said Perez-Reyes was not a target of their investigation and did not accept Lopez's request.
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