Republican state District Judge Angus McGinty is expected to resign as soon as Friday amid allegations he reduced bail on defendants who appeared before him in exchange for auto repairs on his personal vehicles, federal and courthouse sources confirmed.
McGinty's expected resignation is related to an FBI investigation centered on defense lawyer Al Acevedo, who confirmed last month to the Express-News that he was under investigation related to allegations of bribery of judges and others in the criminal justice system over purported favors on his cases.
Among those the FBI has looked at are certain prosecutors in the Bexar County district attorney's office who have been seen with Acevedo at swanky restaurants in San Antonio, where Acevedo picked up large tabs, several sources revealed.
“We're talking hundreds of dollars,” one federal source said. “But I don't know that the fibs (FBI) have enough to pursue that. It could just be seen as courthouse friends going to lunch.”
The probe also extends beyond the Bexar County Courthouse to other areas in the state where Acevedo has had clients, and it includes current and former jurists, federal sources confirmed.
“They're leaving no stone unturned,” another source said.