Ex-Texas Constable Gets Probation for Tampering

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS, Texas (AP) A former Dallas County constable must serve a year of probation in a plea agreement over allegations he used an illegal raffle to fund his failed re-election bid.

The Dallas Morning News reports the plea deal was reached Monday with former Precinct 5 Constable Jaime Cortes. Cortes pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor tampering with evidence charge involving campaign records and must surrender his peace officer's license.

Cortes originally faced a felony tampering count in the corruption investigation. Cortes lost in the 2010 Democratic primary runoff then resigned amid the corruption and bribery investigation.

Prosecutors who sought to oust Cortes say he required his deputies to sell $5 raffle tickets to benefit his re-election bid.

Cortes at the time said he was the target of a political witch hunt.

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