South Texas bribery trial

Jurors watched a recorded video of Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado accepting an envelope filled with cash as the trial of the former state district judge began in McAllen on Wednesday.

The video was recorded by local attorney-turned-informant Noe Perez, according to The Monitor, which covers the Valley. Delgado faces eight charges: three counts of federal program bribery, three counts of travel act violations and one count each of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors told jurors they will show that Delgado accepted cash and a pickup truck from Perez in exchange for favorable consideration in his court, The Monitor reported.

Perez, who practices in Edinburg, pleaded guilty in May 2018 to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery regarding programs receiving federal funds and could be sentenced to five years in prison. He may be eligible for a reduced sentence after agreeing to cooperate with the FBI to help make the case against Delgado, the publication reported.

Prosecutors say that, days after learning of a federal investigation against him, Delgado sent a text message telling Perez he needed to receive a check instead of cash so he would not violate campaign finance regulations.

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