By The Associated Press - June 5, 2009
EL PASO, Texas — El Paso's district clerk and a former county judge say they've been indicted in an ongoing public corruption investigation. District clerk Gilbert Sanchez told the El Paso Times on Friday morning that he was informed of the indictment Thursday night. He told his staff at the El Paso County Courthouse about the pending charges Friday. Sanchez, 41, has been among many targets of a corruption probe made public in 2007 when agents raided the offices of County Judge Anthony Cobos and a pair of county commissioners. He was expected to meet with the FBI before an initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon. Former county judge and local attorney Luther Jones told reporters he was also indicted. He is also expected to appear in court Friday afternoon. FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said she could not comment on the case. Both men have been continually linked to the years old corruption case that has targeted numerous current and former public officials, as well as lawyers. Three others have been indicted and 11 people have previously pleaded guilty. It is unclear what charges the men face.