Criminal Justice

Ex-Texas judge indicted on charges he took bribes from lawyer

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A former Texas state judge has been indicted on federal bribery, extortion and wire fraud on charges he took bribes from a San Antonio lawyer.

Former Bexar County District Court Judge Angus Kelly McGinty, who resigned in February, is accused in the indictment (PDF) of accepting thousands of dollars in bribes and other benefits in exchange for favorable rulings for San Antonio lawyer Alberto Acevedo Jr., Courthouse News Service and report.

Acevedo pleaded guilty in March to charges that he gave McGinty gifts and payments totaling $6,600 and promised to pay for repairs to McGinty’s car in return for favorable rulings from the judge. He admitted being caught in an FBI investigation of suspected corruption in the county courthouse.

If convicted, McGinty faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Acevedo, who remains free on bond pending sentencing, could get up to 10 years and a $250,000 fine.

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