BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
McALLEN, TEXAS - A presiding judge, Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 64, for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas, has been taken into custody February 2 on allegations he received nearly $6,000 in cash bribes, and made his initial appearance on February 6 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker. Rudy is permitted to be release upon posting $100,000 bond. The criminal complaint alleges Rudy accepted bribes from a defense attorney in exchange for agreeing to release three clients on bond with cases pending before his court. If convicted, Rudy faces up to 10 years in federal prison.
This isn't Rudy's first brush in with the law. In 2007, Rudy, who once presided over the 93rd state District Court, was arrested in 2002 after a police officer suspected Rudy of driving while intoxicated (DWI). He was charged with DWI. A visiting judge from Brownsville then dropped the DWI charge in 2005, but Rudy was re-indicted on evading arrest, and misuse of information charges the same year. However, District Judge Joaquin Villarreal concurred with Rudy’s criminal defense attorney, who argued that the witnesses who testified before the grand jury for the second indictment provided no new information in the case.
The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct had voted in 2005 to suspend Rudy with pay pending the outcome of the felony charges. Judges’ salaries are paid with county and state funds. Rudy was then able to collect his $109,000 annual salary, and $5,400 annual car allowance.
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