Caddo Parish judges Michael Walker and Vernon Claville, convicted over the weekend on corruption charges, will retire effective July 2.
Authorities also have moved both men to federal prisons while they await sentencing: Walker to the correctional center at Texarkana and Claville to a prison in Seagoville, Texas, just outside Dallas.
Walker, 58, and Claville, 57, were convicted this past weekend of taking bribes in return for judicial favors. U.S. District Judge Maurice Hicks ordered them jailed immediately after the verdict was returned. They will be sentenced in September.
Federal prosecutors had asked the judge to keep Walker and Claville in jail pending sentencing on Sept. 4. Walker, a Caddo District Court judge who presided over drug cases, and Claville, a juvenile court judge, both face up to 20 years in prison.
An attorney for the judges has submitted retirement letters to the state. Both men will be entitled to their state pensions.
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