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