SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) Two judges were convicted Saturday of taking bribes to set low bonds or remove court holds on defendants.
A federal jury convicted state District Judge Michael Walker and Caddo Parish Juvenile Court Judge Vernon Claville on one count each of racketeering. The charge carries up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Claville was accused of taking bribes to remove court holds from juveniles so they could get bond. Walker oversaw the drug section of his court and was accused of taking bribes to quickly set bonds, reduce them, recall arrest warrants or remove probation holds.
Defense attorneys argued the case was based on inconclusive recordings and testimony.