Judge Rules Lawyer Competent In Laundering Case
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has ruled an El Paso lawyer and former Carnegie Mellon University trustee is competent to stand trial on charges he conspired to launder up to $600 million for a Mexican drug cartel.
Marco Antonio Delgado also is accused of diverting millions of dollars from a utility to his own bank account so he could live a lavish lifestyle.
U.S. District Judge David Briones ruled Thursday on Delgado's competency after the lawyer underwent neurological tests following a head injury he suffered while in jail.
The money laundering trial is set for October. His attorney says Delgado is innocent.
The El Paso Times reports (http://bit.ly/11RbSGv ) federal prosecutors say he has until next month to agree to a plea deal. Conviction could get him up to 20 years in prison.
Information from: El Paso Times, http://www.elpasotimes.com
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