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May 23, 2013 9:11 AM

Ex-DA Testifies In Own Defense In Bribery Trial

BROWNSVILLE - A former South Texas district attorney charged with helping a crooked judge has testified in his own defense.

Former Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos was called to testify after federal prosecutors rested in his corruption trial. He told a federal jury in Brownsville that he didn't have the close relationship with Abel Limas that the former state district judge testified that they had.

Villalobos is the highest-profile target to stand trial in a FBI investigation into legal corruption involving Limas, who failed in his 2008 re-election bid. Limas has pleaded guilty to racketeering and awaits sentencing.

Villalobos is to continue his testimony Thursday


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