Jury selection begins for trial of former DA Armando Villalobos
Thu, 02 May 2013 01:32:16 GMT —
A jury has been chosen for the corruption trial of a former South Texas prosecutor.
Jurors were chosen Wednesday for the trial of former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos.
The trial scheduled to start May 13 in Brownsville is the highest-profile trial yet in a years-long federal investigation.
A former state district judge and former state lawmaker have reached plea deals. Villalobos is only the third of a dozen defendants to take his case to trial, and so far the biggest.
The other two trials, which both targeted lawyers, ended in convictions.
Villalobos faces nine counts, including racketeering and extortion charges.
Prosecutors say he used his position to enrich himself, accepting more than $100,000 in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for his discretionary decisions.