UPDATE: A jury has just returned a verdict of guilty for all eight counts in the case against former State District Judge Rudy Delgado.
Delgado was convicted on one count of Conspiracy; three counts of Federal Program Bribery; three counts of Travel Act Bribery and one count of Obstruction of Justice.
Delgado now has two weeks to file an appeal in the case.
As a result of the verdict, Delgado will remain out on bond.
However, the judge increased Delgado’s bond from $100,000 to $250,000. Additionally, Delgado can only travel within Hidalgo County unless he has to meet with his attorney’s, who are based in San Antonio.
Sentencing is scheduled for September.
We’ll have the very latest for you on CBS 4 Valley at 5 and 6 p.m.
A jury is deciding the verdict in the case against former State District judge Rudy Delgado, who is facing bribery-related charges.
On Wednesday, jury members heard closing arguments from the defense and prosecution, wrapping up days of witness testimony.
Prosecutors replayed clips of FBI recordings between Delgado and Noe Perez, an attorney who, they said, paid money to Judge Delgado in exchange for favorable rulings.
Perez would buy firewood from Delgado at inflated prices to bribe the judge, according to prosecutors. They also mentioned the transaction involving a truck, which prosecutors said started the relationship between Delgado and Perez in 2008.
Prosecutors described Perez to the jury as, “not the most sophisticated attorney in the Valley,” and said he was an easy target for Delgado to exploit.
During closing arguments, prosecutors described the case to the jury as “not an easy one,” but a “straightforward” one.
But the defense argued prosecutors did not prove that there was any agreement between Perez and Delgado, and that while they admit Delgado shouldn’t have discussed legal cases with an attorney outside the courtroom, they said there’s no definitive proof that he was accepting bribes or money in exchange for favors. They asked jurors to differentiate between ex parte communication and bribery.
The defense described Delgado as “compassionate judge” who “did not want people to be in jail.”
The jury is expected to reconvene on Thursday morning to continue their deliberation.