93rd state district judge arrested on bribery charges
93rd State District Court Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado has been released on a $100,000 bond after being arrested on bribery charges Friday.
According to the criminal complaint against him, an investigation by the FBI against Delgado began in November 2016. The complaint states that Delgado allegedly accepted bribes in exchange for favorable judicial consideration on cases pending in his courtroom.
The FBI used a confidential informant, a Texas attorney who confessed of bribing Delgado all the way back to 2008.
The complaint goes on to state that on Jan. 17, 2018, the FBI set up an undercover investigation where the confidential source was equipped with audio and video recording devices. The FBI recorded a phone call where the source made plans to meet Delgado at a restaurant. When meeting up with Delgado, the source stated that he or she had cash for him and in exchange needed Delgado's help on a case where a client had a pending motion to revoke.
According to the criminal complaint, Delgado allegedly acknowledged and accepted the money. On the following day, according to the complaint, Delgado placed the confidential source's client on bond.
When asked if he would return to the bench outside the federal courthouse on Monday, Delgado said:
"I don't know how to answer that, as there are other authorities that may have a say in that, as well."
According to the criminal complaint, the FBI says they believe Delgado was trying to cover up the bribe after contacting the informant about a week later, stating that the campaign contributions needed to be by check.