State judge convicted in sex, bribe case

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - A state judge accused of offering court favors for sex and cash is guilty.
A federal jury in El Paso convicted State District Judge Manuel Barraza of three corruption charges Thursday morning, two counts of wire fraud and one court of lying to a federal agent. The El Paso judge was acquitted of one mail-fraud charge.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors accused Barraza of accepting more than $5,000 from a defendant's sister to steer the case to his courtroom so he could help her. Prosecutors said Barraza also asked for sexual favors from women to help with the case.
Barraza is scheduled to be sentenced April 28.

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