Sunday, November 25, 2012


I have noticed that readers have been visiting the three previously posed articles about Marco Antonio Delgado, the prominent El Paso attorney charged with money laundering. For the benefit of those who have not seen them, all three articles* may be accessed on this site. The titles are:

(1) El Paso Lawyer who laundered Cartel Profits Arrested, 6 November, 2012.
(2) Accused Lawyer-Laundryman denied bail in Texas, 14 November, 2012.
(3) Lawyer arrested in $600m Money Laundering case was a US Government Informant, 16 November, 2012. 
Federal Court Districts in Texas
Why was he not permitted to post bond, as he is a licensed attorney in the State of Texas ? Read on. The United States Magistrate Judge who heard counsel on bond, in the Findings of Fact section of his order, ruled that "there is a serious risk that the defendant will not appear."

I will quote the Court's Written Statement of Reasons for Detention, in its entirety:

"I find that the credible testimony and information submitted at the hearing establishes by a preponderance of the evidence that the Defendant is charged with conspiracy to commit
money laundering.

 Although a naturalized United States citizen,Defendant has access to large amounts of funds, and has extensive international contracts whom the Court believes may be available to assist the Defendant in leaving the country should he desire. Also, considering the strength of the Government's case and the severity of the sentence faced, the Court finds that the Defendant poses a serious risk of flight and there are no conditions or a combination of conditions of release that will reasonably assure the Defendant's presence as required."

Delgado's counsel told the media that he intends to appeal this ruling, but a search of the court docket, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals failed to find any such entry. We shall check again after the time  for filing expires, and report back to our readers in a subsequent article.
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of this page to access these articles, or any other content that interests you.

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