Judge charged with bribery after criminal defense lawyer participates in federal sting operation – ABA Journal


A judge in Edinburg, Texas, has been charged with bribery in a federal sting operation aided by a local criminal defense attorney.

Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, 64, was accused of accepting three bribes since November 2016, though the cooperating lawyer alleged the judge accepted bribes as long ago as 2008, report the San Antonio Express-News, the Associated Press and the [McAllen] Monitor.

The 93rd district judge was arrested Friday after a search of his home and offices. The criminal complaint and an accompanying affidavit were unsealed Monday.

The Monitor says Delgado “is known for subjecting those in his courtroom to oftentimes long-winded, boisterous manners of expression,” but he appeared worn in his first appearance before a federal magistrate Monday in McAllen.

“In America we have the presumption of innocence and I intend to let the judicial process take its course,” Delgado told journalists at the courthouse.

The cooperating lawyer said he had paid Delgado multiple times for favorable rulings in criminal cases, according to an FBI agent’s affidavit supporting the complaint. Codes were employed when using the phone to set up in-person meetings.

Delgado allegedly accepted a total of $520 in two bribes after the lawyer began cooperating, and then placed the lawyer’s clients’ on bond, the affidavit said. The lawyer also set up a January meeting with Delgado where he gave the judge $5,500 in an envelope stuffed with cash, along with a note that had case information, the affidavit says.

Delgado placed the lawyer’s client on bond the next day. Later in January, Delgado sent the lawyer a text message referring to the money as a campaign contribution and saying he needed a check instead of cash. The FBI agent said in the affidavit he believes Delgado had learned of or suspected the investigation.

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One deputy killed, 4 people injured in Colorado Springs shooting

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  • One deputy was killed and four other people were injured during a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • The slain deputy was investigating a vehicle theft.
  • The suspect was killed at the scene.

One deputy has been killed and three law-enforcement officials were injured during a shooting in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Monday afternoon, according to the Denver Post.

Deputy Micah Flick of the El Paso County Sheriff’s office was killed by a male gunman during a vehicle theft investigation, Sheriff Bill Elder said in a press conference, according to ABC News. Flick, whose 11th anniversary at the sheriff’s department was on Monday, was 34-years-old and is survived by his wife and 7-year-old twins.

Two deputies, a Colorado Springs police officer, and one civilian were also injured, ABC News reported.

The alleged gunman was reportedly killed at the scene and there were no additional suspects.

The shooting happened east of The Citadel Mall and dozens of law-enforcement vehicles responded to the incident, the Post reported.

Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado expressed his sympathies for “these brave, selfless heroes” on Twitter and said that his “heart breaks for this deputy and his family.”

Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado also offered his condolences and offered support for those “who put their lives on the line to protect our communities.”

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Comey's Law Professor Friend Who Leaked Memo Now Representing Him in Russia Probe – Law & Crime

Robert Mueller was first appointed as Special Counsel for the investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia after former FBI Director James Comey leaked a memo about his conversation with Donald Trump to the media. Now, the same friend who helped Comey with the leak is representing him during the investigation.

After the infamous Comey Memo was written about in The New York Times, it was confirmed that Comey’s friend, Columbia University Law Professor Daniel Richman played the role of middle man, delivering the goods to the newspaper, who then reported the details. Now, a BuzzFeed News report says that Comey himself was questioned by the Special Counsel’s office, and Richman is one of the attorneys representing Comey in the matter.

Richman said that he and the rest of Comey’s team would not comment on the former FBI Director’s meeting with Mueller’s office.

When Comey testified before Congress last June, he said that he had a friend of his who worked at Columbia Law School give the contents of his memo to a reporter. That friend was later confirmed to be Richman, who has been friends with Comey for 30 years. They also worked together at the school in research roles.

Richman also previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, and he was a consultant to both the Justice Department and the Department of the Treasury dealing with federal crimes. His official bio on Columbia’s website also says that he is an adviser to Comey.

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