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Judge Denies Molina Motion To Remove D.A. Rodriguez From Election Fraud Case

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The Hidalgo County District Attorney’s Office will continue to prosecute the voting fraud case against Edinburg Mayor Richard Molina.

A state district judge Tuesday denied a motion by Molina’s attorney to disqualify D-A Ricardo Rodriguez claiming conflict of interest. Specifically, Molina argued that it was Rodriguez’s aunt, Mary Alice Palacios, who filed the election fraud complaint that led to Molina’s indictment on illegal voting and organized election fraud charges.

The ruling by visiting judge Carlos Valdez followed a day’s worth of testimony Monday. The judge will next set a trial date for Molina who’s accused of organizing a scheme to win election in 2017.

Molina had been scheduled to stand trial in June of last year but the case has been delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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