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Ex-South Texas district judge convicted of accepting bribes

MCALLEN, Texas — A former state district judge in South Texas faces up to 70 years in federal prison after being convicted of accepting bribes for favorable rulings while on the bench.

in McAllen, remains free pending sentencing.

Investigators say Delgado, from 2008 to late 2016, conspired with a lawyer and accepted bribes, then tried to fake a story about the payments.

Delgado was elected to the bench in 2000. He was indicted in February 2018. The State Commission on Judicial Conduct suspended him the following month. Delgado resigned in April 2018.

Delgado last November was elected to a state appeals court, but suspended after being sworn in.

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