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domingo, 4 de febrero de 2018

Democrat Texas state judge arrested by the feds near Mexico border

A judge in a courtroom isn’t news, but one sitting opposite the bench is.

After conducting investigations earlier this week, the FBI arrested state judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado on Friday. The Democrat presides over the 93rd State District Court in Hidalgo County, Texas.

It is currently unclear what charges the judge is facing, though more information will become available when Delgado appears in court on Monday.

What We Know

“We are only confirming that an arrest has been made and not releasing additional details,” FBI spokesperson Michelle Lee said following the arrest.

But Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddi Guerra confirmed that the FBI conducted raids of both Delgado’s offices at the 93rd state District Court and his home in Edinburg last week. The blitz was carried out by dozens of FBI agents assisted by Texas Rangers and Hidalgo County Sheriff deputies.

According to witnesses at the scene of the raids, law enforcement agents were seen carrying plastic bins out of Delgado’s house.

Rumors had been circling that the state judge could soon be facing a federal indictment, though further details — including specific charges — will not be released until Monday. Delgado is scheduled to appear before a U.S. Magistrate Judge at the federal courthouse in McAllen, Texas.

Judge “Rudy” Delgado

As the current judge of the 93rd State District Court, Delgado hears criminal and civil state matters. He is also currently running as a Democratic candidate to be a justice at the 13th Court of Appeals, according to the Texas Secretary of State website.

Delgado’s arrest reportedly came as he was on his way to an event on Friday evening for statewide candidates running for a spot on the 13th Court called “Turn Our Counties From Red to Blue.”

This is not Delgado’s first time sitting on the wrong side of the bench. In 2002, he was arrested for driving under the influence, an offense which almost cost him his job.

The charges were briefly dropped in 2005, until he was reindicted later that year for evading arrest and misuse of information.

Delgado’s previous run-ins with the law — in addition to his recent arrest — are likely to foil his chances for a spot on the Court of Appeals, but only time will tell what is to come for the disgraced judge.