Judge grants trial delay of South Texas lawyers

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal judge won't dismiss corruption charges against a South Texas prosecutor and a lawyer implicated in a judicial bribery scheme.

The judge on Wednesday also agreed to postpone until April the trial for Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos and lawyer Eddie Lucio on racketeering charges. The trial had been scheduled for August in Brownsville.

A May indictment alleges the pair schemed to make money gaming the local legal system. Lucio and Villalobos have pleaded not guilty.

Both said the indictment was too vague to defend against.

They're among a dozen swept up in a federal investigation of former state district Judge Abel Limas, who already has pleaded guilty to similar charges.

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