Cobos Granted Bond, Release Expected Today

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 3:43pm

EL PASO – Former El Paso County Judge Anthony Cobos is expected to be released from jail today.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Norbert Garney set Cobos' bond at $50,000 during a hearing in federal court.

The terms of his release require Cobos to not travel outside of El Paso County, to reside at the address he has given to pre-trial services, and to have no contact with his-co-defendants. Cobos must also surrender his passport and weapons in his home.

Before the hearing began, Cobos could be seen smiling while he sat in court with his lawyer, handcuffed and wearing a blue jumpsuit.

NewsChannel 9 spoke with Cobos' attorney, Richard Esper, after the hearing.

"We're ready to gear up for a fight," said Esper. "Mr. Cobos believes he is not guilty of these charges."

FBI agents arrested Cobos at his home Friday morning in connection with the ongoing public corruption investigation. Cobos is accused of taking part in a "pay-to-play" scheme in 2007. Cobos is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and deprivation of honest services and mail fraud.

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