Federal Judges in Mexico Suspended

Three federal judges in Mexico accused of corruption have been suspended. The judges, based in the northern states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas near Texas, are accused of illegally ruling in favor of casino owners. Those owners have not been named.

Similar case still under investigation

Three federal judges in Mexico suspected of corruption have been suspended pending an investigation into court judgments that benefited casino owners.

According to ABC News, the country’s Federal Judiciary Council said in a statement that federal judges Eduardo Ochoa Torres and Javier Ruben Lozano Martinez in the northern state of Nuevo Leon and Jose Manuel Rodriguez Puerto in neighboring Tamaulipas state are under investigation in the case. Any casino operators who may have benefited from their actions were not identified.

It was the largest disciplinary action against federal judges in recent years, ABC reported. In 2011, the Judge Luis Armando Jerezano Trevino of Coahuila was suspended due to allegations of corruption and “illegal enrichment.”

Jerezano Trevino is still under investigation, and last February, prosecutors in McAllen, Texas sought the forfeiture of more than $3.2 million seized from U.S. accounts belonging to Jerezano Trevino and his wife. Prosecutors said the funds came from money laundering and bribery.

The states of Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas and Coahuila, all on the Texas border, have seen a number of casinos crop up in recent years.