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Texas DA in racketeering scandal urged to resign

Top elected official in South Texas county says DA facing racketeering charges should resign By The Associated Press

McALLEN, Texas (AP) ' The top elected official in a South Texas county has called for the district attorney to resign after he was indicted on federal racketeering charges.

Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos said Tuesday that District Attorney Armando Villalobos should step down and focus on defending himself against charges of extortion and honest services fraud.

Villalobos, who is running for Congress in the Democratic primary, denied the charges after his indictment Monday in Brownsville and said the case would not affect his office.

Cascos, a Republican, said state law doesn't require Villalobos to resign, but it would help the DA's office if he did.

Federal prosecutors allege Villalobos solicited and accepted bribes for his prosecutorial discretion. His case is tied to former state District Judge Abel Limas, who pleaded guilty to racketeering.

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