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Docket Number:   SD-TX  4:18-cr-00115
Case Name:   USA v. Delgado
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A Texas state district judge has been sentenced to 60 months in federal prison following his multiple convictions of conspiracy, bribery and obstructing justice, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas.

A federal jury in Houston convicted Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 66, of Edinburg, July 11, 2019, following a six-day trial of one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act bribery and one count of obstruction of justice.  

Delgado was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett who also ordered Delgado to serve two years of supervised release.

Delgado was a justice in the 13th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, having been elected in November 2018. He resigned from that positon following his conviction.  

Prior to that, he was previously the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas, which has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. As a district judge, Delgado conspired with an attorney from January 2008 to November 2016 to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom. 

As part of the investigation, Delgado also accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for agreeing to release three of the attorney’s clients on bond in cases pending before his court. The first two bribes totaled approximately $520 in cash and the third bribe - in January 2018 - totaled approximately $5,500.

After Delgado learned of the FBI’s investigation, he also attempted to obstruct justice by contacting the attorney and providing a false story about the payments.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Trial Attorney Peter M. Nothstein of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arthur “Rob” Jones and Robert Guerra are prosecuting the case.

HOUSTON – A Texas state district judge has been ordered to federal prison following his multiple convictions of conspiracy, bribery and obstructing justice, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

A federal jury in Houston convicted Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 66, of Edinburg, July 11, following a six-day trial of one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act bribery and one count of obstruction of justice.

Today, U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett handed Delgado a 60-month sentence to be immediately followed by two years of supervised release. At the hearing, the court heard additional evidence and testimony that detailed the value of the bribery activities and its impact on South Texas. In handing down the sentence, the court noted that a corrupt judge, who abuses the trust the public placed in him to enrich himself, undermines the integrity of the entire criminal justice system and tears at the very fabric of our society.

“The sentencing of Delgado sends a strong message to any public official who chooses to serve him or herself rather than their community,” said Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI’s San Antonio Division. “As this case illustrates, the FBI will tirelessly pursue those who betray the public trust. We can only hold corrupt officials accountable if people refuse to accept this behavior and are willing to cooperate and come forward with information.”

Delgado was a justice in the 13th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas, having been elected in November 2018. He resigned from that positon following his conviction.

Prior to that, he was previously the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas, which has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. As a district judge, Delgado conspired with an attorney from January 2008 to November 2016 to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom. 

As part of the investigation, Delgado also accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for agreeing to release three of the attorney’s clients on bond in cases pending before his court. The first two bribes totaled approximately $520 in cash and the third bribe - in January 2018 - totaled approximately $5,500.

After Delgado learned of the FBI’s investigation, he also attempted to obstruct justice by contacting the attorney and providing a false story about the payments.

Previously released on bond, Delgado was permitted to remain on bond and voluntarily surrender to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arthur R. Jones and Robert Guerra are prosecuting the case along with Trial Attorney Peter Nothstein of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.

HOUSTON – A federal jury has convicted a Texas state district judge of bribery, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick and Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

The jury convicted Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 65, of Edinburg, following a six-day trial of one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act bribery and one count of obstruction of justice.

“The bribery of a judge may be the worst break of the publics’ trust in government,” said Patrick. ”Rudy Delgado used his position to enrich himself. He didn’t just tip the scales of justice, he knocked it over with a wad of cash and didn’t look back. Delgado’s actions unfairly tarnish all his former colleagues.”

“No one – especially a judge – is above the law,” said Benczkowski. “Corrupt judges erode the confidence we have in our judicial system, but this verdict goes a long way in restoring that confidence.”

Delgado is currently a justice in the 13th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. He was previously the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas, which has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. As a district judge, Delgado conspired with an attorney from January 2008 to November 2016 to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom. 

As part of the investigation, Delgado also accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for agreeing to release three of the attorney’s clients on bond in cases pending before his court. The first two bribes totaled approximately $520 in cash and the third bribe - in January 2018 - totaled approximately $5,500.

After Delgado learned of the FBI’s investigation, he also attempted to obstruct justice by contacting the attorney and providing a false story about the payments.

Sentencing has been set for Sept. 25, 2019. Delgado was permitted to remain on bond pending that hearing.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Arthur “Rob” Jones and Robert Guerra are prosecuting the case along with Trial Attorney Peter Nothstein of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section.

McALLEN, Texas - A Texas state district judge has been arrested on allegations he accepted approximately $6000 in cash bribes, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI - San Antonio Division. 

Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 64, of Edinburg, is currently the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. He was charged in a criminal complaint with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Authorities took Delgado into custody on Friday. He made his initial appearance earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker, at which time he was permitted release upon posting $100,000 bond. 

The criminal complaint alleges Delgado accepted bribes from an attorney in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on cases pending in his courtroom. Delgado allegedly accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for Delgado agreeing to release three clients on bond with cases pending before his court. The first two bribes allegedly totaled approximately $520 in cash. The third bribe occurred in January 2018, at which time Delgado accepted approximately $5,500 in cash, according to the charges.  

If convicted, Delgado faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie Searle and Robert Guerra and Trial Attorneys Peter Nothstein and Todd Gee of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section are prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is a formal accusation of criminal conduct, not evidence.

A defendant is presumed innocent unless convicted through due process of law.

A Texas state district court judge has been arrested on allegations he accepted approximately $6,000 in cash bribes, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick of the Southern District of Texas and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs of the FBI San Antonio Division.

Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 64, of Edinburg, Texas, is currently the presiding judge for the 93rd District Court for the State of Texas and has jurisdiction over Texas criminal and civil cases located within Hidalgo County. He was charged in a criminal complaint with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Authorities took Delgado into custody on Friday. He made his initial appearance earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker, at which time he was permitted release upon posting $100,000 bond.

The criminal complaint alleges Delgado accepted bribes from an attorney in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom. Delgado allegedly accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for Delgado agreeing to release three clients on bond with cases pending before his court. The first two bribes allegedly totaled approximately $520 in cash. The third bribe occurred in January 2018, at which time Delgado accepted approximately $5,500 in cash, according to the charges.   

The FBI conducted the investigation. Trial Attorneys Peter Nothstein and Todd Gee of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Julie N. Searle and Robert Guerra of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Date Announcement: May. 01, 2019
Timestamp Announcement: 1556661600
Branch: Judge
Company: Hidalgo County
Country: USA
Continent: North America
Position: Judge
Reason: Resigned
Comments: pleaded not guilty to charges that he accepted bribes of more than $6,000 from an attorney who told the FBI he had been bribing Delgado for a decade
Additional data courtesy @ResignationAnon 🐸 and resignation.info  
Magistrate Docket Number:   SD-TX  4:18-mj-00129
Case Name:   United States v. Delgado
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