Fate of former state district judge now in jury’s hands

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MCALLEN, Texas — Deliberations begin in the trial for former state district judge Rudy Delgado. He faces a number of charges, including three counts of Federal Program Bribery and Obstruction of Justice.

Closing statements in the bribery case against former state district judge Rudy Delgado have wrapped up. His fate is now in the hands of a jury.

The jurors heard final testimony from two witnesses this morning including Delgado’s wife who highlighted recent tragedies in the family’s life like the deaths of their two sons.

Prosecutors claimed the defense utilized this testimony to create sympathy among the jurors. They were later asked to leave the sympathy aside and focus on bribes the judge allegedly took while being on the bench. To also focus when he tried covering up when he was tipped off. Prosecution calling Delgado’s career money oriented.

The jury then heard from Defense Attorney Michael McCrum who tried convincing them there was not enough evidence to back up that judge Delgado took money with criminal intention. Highlighting the FBI agent admitted evidence provided by the informant was unclear adding there isn’t any proof there was ever a cash for favor agreement between the informant and Delgado.

During the rebuttal the government claimed Delgado was fully aware he was being paid for courtroom favors. Showing the jurors a video where Delgado was seen accepting a white envelope containing allegedly over $5,000 from the informant in exchange for a favorable outcome.

A federal jury is now deliberating. If no verdict is reached tonight, the jury along with members of the court will return tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. to continue deliberating. If convicted Delgado faces up to 10 years in prison.

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