Marketplace   Menu Guide   Complete Pages      
butler eagle
Site last updated: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 Bookmark our site!
Local PennsylvaniaNationalInternationalNews Extras  
Published: May 24, 2013 print this article Print save this article Save email this article Email ENLARGE TEXT increase font decrease font

Jury convicts former Texas DA of corruption



BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A former Texas prosecutor and one-time candidate for Congress was convicted Friday of accepting bribes in exchange for court favors, including an $80,000 payment in a scheme that allowed a convicted murderer to escape.
Jurors convicted former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos on racketeering, bribery and extortion charges. They acquitted him on two extortion charges.
Villalobos is the highest-profile target to stand trial in an FBI investigation into legal corruption in Cameron County. The former prosecutor was accused of taking more than $100,000 in bribes from attorneys.
Villalobos denied any wrongdoing and testified during his trial that he did not request money from lawyers in exchange for appointments with him.
Among the allegations were that Villalobos participated in a scheme involving Amit Livingston, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend, Hermila Hernandez, in 2007. Prosecutors alleged former state District Judge Abel Lima agreed to work with Villalobos and Villalobos’ former law partner, Eddie Lucio, in criminal and civil cases involving Livingston. The trio’s target was the $500,000 bail put up for Livingston’s release before trial.





Back
Comments
Order Photos!
 
MORE NEWS HEADLINES
arrow Tomorrow's Headlines
arrow One injured in vehicle crash
arrow Brothers' wives give birth to girl, boy on same day
arrow Drill rules aired
 
MOST READ ARTICLES
arrow Two vehicle crashes occur in northern part of county
arrow Questions raised over fatal crash
arrow Questions remain after fatal ATV crash
arrow Banker Samuel ‘Buzz’ Irvine dies at 81