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Snitch released Should feds free Judge Rudy?

So here’s a question. It’s a break from COVID news, but then again, there’s still a little bit of COVID attached to it; but not much. There’s a convicted attorney who pled guilty to bribing a state district judge with relatively small amounts of money, and beer. A hundred here, couple hundred there. Throw in a grand. For this, the judge gave the illegal eagle a break on bond conditions for his clients. In fact, that’s how the crooked attorney, Hidalgo County-based Noe Perez, first broke into the fed spotlight. He had boasted, in so many words, to a would-be client that he had a district judge in his hip pocket, and that could prove to be an advantage if the guy hired him. The good citizen, who probably had visions of prison bars in his own mind if he kept quiet about what he had just heard, went to the feds, saying he had just spoken to an attorney who was bragging about bribery, and before you could say, “We got us a crooked attorney here, partner,” federal investigators had wrangled a plea deal out of Noe Perez. So, he got wired up, willing to throw Delgado under the bus if it would help mitigate his own case. The feds spend money running surveillance on the judge’s house, in this case, Rudy Delgado, and before you could say, “We got us a crooked judge here, partner,” Delgado was under indictment. Meanwhile, even though he had pled guilty to bribing a judge, Perez was still practicing law at the Hidalgo County Courthouse until the final hour when he finally was sentenced in federal court. Which seemed odd in itself, considering what Perez’s idea of “practicing law” seemed to constitute. According to Noe Perez’s words from a bench inside the federal courthouse in McAllen, the RGV has a law unto itself known as “Valley Law.” In other words, here, bribing judges, according to Perez, is more the rule than the exception. Especially when campaign season rolls around and those skeet shoots and golf tourneys start popping up. (At least, back in the good old days, pre-COVID.) Sure, Perez said he knew it was wrong to pump money into a judge’s pocket, but to stay in the game, you have to play the game, so to speak. Pay to play, amigo. Both men, Delgado and Perez, were sent up the river to a fed pen. In fact,

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