BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal judge has declined to suppress a recording of a conversation between a South Texas reporter and a former state judge that was picked up in a FBI wiretap.
However, the judge also ruled he would not yet allow the 2008 recording to be used as evidence in the upcoming corruption trial of Cameron County's ex-district attorney.
The Valley Morning Star reported that lawyers for its parent company AIM Media Texas had argued Thursday that allowing the conversation into evidence could affect the newspaper's ability to cover the case against Armando Villalobos.
The ex-DA and federal prosecutors opposed the effort to suppress the conversation between reporter Emma Perez-Trevino and ex-state District Judge Abel Limas. Limas has pleaded guilty to corruption charges in a scheme allegedly linked to Villalobos.
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