A Texas Judge is Charged with Smuggling Guns Across the Mexico Border

Article originally appeared at VICE.com


If it seems perfectly normal lately for American cops to shoot and kill unarmed suspects, it’s still news when a judge decides to start running guns across the Mexico border.

That’s what happened in Austin, Texas, this week, where a federal ground jury indicted a judge for smuggling guns, selling guns to a convicted felon in the state, and lying to federal agents. The Tuesday indictment followed a raid by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on the judge’s home late last month, where they found dozens of weapons.

The judge, Timothy Wright III, lied when buying guns at two different businesses in Williamson County, claiming the guns were for him when he intended to sell them to a convicted felon, according to the nine-count indictment. All nine charges are federal felonies.