Judge testifies top prosecutor threatened defense attorney

Judge testifies top prosecutor threatened defense attorney

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A state district judge has testified that the Bexar County district attorney committed a crime when the prosecutor threatened to ruin the law practice of a defense attorney in a murder trial.

Judge Lori Valenzuela testified during a hearing Wednesday that she believed the threat purportedly made by District Attorney Nico LaHood during a gathering in the judge's chambers constituted official oppression, a Class A misdemeanor.

The San Antonio Express-News reports the February exchange was part of a trial where it was revealed an assistant district attorney previously had a sexual relationship with a trial witness.

The defense argued it was told too late about the relationship. A mistrial ultimately was declared.

LaHood denies making the threat.

The defense team has declined to say if it will pursue a criminal complaint against LaHood.

Information from: San Antonio Express-News, http://www.mysanantonio.com

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