Former La. judge gets 10 years for corruption

SHREVEPORT, La. -- A former Louisiana judge has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for corruption.

Former Caddo District Judge Michael Walker was sentenced Thursday in federal court.

He and Juvenile Court Judge Vernon Claville were convicted of racketeering in June after an FBI investigation dubbed Broken Gavel.

Prosecutors say Walker took bribes from people with court business in northwest Louisiana. At his trial, jurors heard secretly taped phone calls in which a bail bondsman arranged to pay cash bribes in exchange for Walker quickly setting or reducing bonds.

They also saw videotapes of Walker receiving the bribes.Walker retired shortly after the verdict. He did not speak at his sentencing.


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