I-TEAM: Sources: Bexar County judge resigns in light of a federal probe


by Dillon Collier & Joe Conger / KENS 5


Posted on February 13, 2014 at 8:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 27 at 6:09 PM

SAN ANTONIO --  144th District Judge Angus McGinty resigned Friday, amid allegations he reduced bond on defendants in his courtroom in exchange for auto repairs on his personal vehicles, according to sources.

Sources tell the I-Team Judge McGinty's resignation is related to the federal investigation of San Antonio attorney Al Acevedo, who last month was revealed to be the focus of a federal corruption probe.

Judge David Peeples, head of the Texas Fourth Administrative Judicial Region confirmed Thursday night Judge McGinty has been on leave from his courtroom duties since February 3.

Retired Judge Pat Priest has been filling in to handle cases in the 144th District Court.

McGinty, who is seeking re-election, was still on the ballot for the Republican primary as of Thursday night.

However, an official with the Republican Party of Bexar County said McGinty has not taken part in the party's last two candidate forums.

The incumbent McGinty is one of three republicans vying for the judgeship.

Early voting is scheduled to begin February 18.

When reached via text message Thursday evening, McGinty wrote that he would not comment until Friday afternoon, but refused to confirm or deny his pending resignation.

His resignation would need to come in the form of a letter sent to Governor Rick Perry.

An FBI spokeswoman released the following statement Thursday:

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico acknowledges that, together with the FBI, it is conducting an investigation in Bexar County, Texas.  It may not, however, comment on the nature or extent of the investigation at this time.  The Office is involved because the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas is recused from this matter.”