Judge Arrested as FBI Raids Texas District Court

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the Texas Rangers and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office arrested Democrat State District Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado.


The arrest came Friday after a “widespread” investigation that began in November 2016.

Dozens of FBI Special Agents descended upon the Judge’s offices. Texas Rangers and Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Deputies were seen alongside the FBI removing trash bags full of evidence and plastic bins from both Delgado’s home and the Judge’s office.

Judge Delgado is charged with bribery “concerning programs receiving federal funds,” according to a criminal complaint unsealed Monday. The investigation revealed the judge would accept bribes in exchange for favorable consideration on cases he would oversee in the 93rd state District Court.

A confidential source, who is a licensed attorney, confessed to investigators he or she had a history of bribing Delgado since 2008.


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