HOUSTON — A district judge from south Texas, recently elected to an appeals court seat while under federal indictment, was convicted of bribery this week.
Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado, 65, of Edinburg, is a justice in the 13th Court of Appeals, but he was suspended from serving back in January.
Prior to that, Delgado was a district judge in Hidalgo County, where prosecutors said Delgado conspired with an attorney to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom.
Prosecutors said this happened from January 2008 to November 2016.
Delgado also accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for releasing three of the attorney's clients on bond.
The first two bribes totaled about $520 in cash, according to prosecutors. The third bribe -- in January 2018 -- totaled approximately $5,500.
Delgado faced one count of conspiracy; three counts of federal program bribery; three counts of travel act bribery and one count of obstruction of justice.
He was convicted on all counts after a six-day trial.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 25. He is out on bond pending the sentencing hearing.
The case is being prosecuted in Houston.
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