EDINBURG, Texas — The trial for a former state district judge accused of accepting bribes from local attorneys began this morning. Rudy Delgado faces eight counts against him including three counts of Federal Program Bribery and Obstruction of Justice.
Delgado sat in the opposite side of a courtroom this morning after being charged in connection with bribery. Prosecutors allege Delgado took bribes from attorneys in cases held in his court in exchange for favorable outcomes.
Delgado presided over the 93rd State District Court for 16 years. He was arrested in February 2018 but was being investigated by the FBI since 2016. During those two years the FBI utilized Edinburg attorney Noe Perez as an informant. Perez was Delgado’s friend for over 20 years.
Perez took the stand this morning testifying that Delgado accepted money from him multiple times to release his clients on bond. He says the two would not discuss cases at the court but rather at Delgado’s home late at night while drinking beer. Perez says he would hand Delgado a six pack of beer with $250 inside the box, alleging Delgado never questioned it.
The government seeks over $20,000 in assets and property related to these allegations. While the defense attorney tries to convince the jury that Delgado accepted the money without any criminal intention. Delgado currently faces eight counts against him, one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, travel act violations, and one count of obstruction of justice.
If convicted Delgado faces up to 10 years in prison. The trial will resume on July 8.