EDINBURG, Texas — Former 13th Court of Appeals Justice and 93rd District Court Judge Rodolfo "Rudy" Delgado has been sentenced to federal prison on charges for conspiracy, bribery, and obstruction of justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.
On July 11, 2019, Delgado, 66, was found guilty by a federal jury in Houston following a six-day trial on one count of conspiracy, three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act bribery, and one count of obstruction of justice. Earlier today, U.S. District Judge Alfred Bennett sentenced Delgado to 60 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release.
Delgado's criminal charges stem from his time as the 93rd District Court Judge in Hidalgo County. There, federal prosecutors say he conspired with an attorney from January 2008 until November 2016 to accept bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on criminal cases pending in his courtroom. Delgado also accepted bribes on three separate occasions in exchange for releasing three of the attorney's clients on bond in cases pending in his courtroom — two bribes at $520 each and a third, in January 2018, at approximately $5,500.
Delgado also contacted the attorney to provide a false story about the bribery payments upon learning of the FBI's investigation.
After his time in the 93rd District Court, Delgado was elected in November 2018 as a justice on the 13th Court of Appeals for the State of Texas. He resigned from that position following his conviction in the case.
The attorney, turned witness, who was involved in the bribery, Noe Perez Jr., was also sentenced today by Bennett to two years in prison.