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Court of Appeals Judge Nora Longoria was allegedly begged for leniency during her DUI arrest in July. Last month, the District Attorney’s office said it lacked enough evidence to prosecute and another judge threw out the case. The DA said it never got the dashcam video, which showed Longoria stumble through her failed sobriety test.
Could this be the evidence they never got?

A month after a Texas court threw out a DUI case against a judge because it lacked strong evidence, police released dashcam video of her arrest that showed her stumble through a sobriety test.

The new video, recorded during a July traffic stop in McAllen, showed Nora Longoria struggling to walk a straight line, Action 4 News reported. She teetered and lost her balance several times during her failed sobriety test, the video showed.

But Hidalgo County Court at Law No. 8 Judge Rolando Cantu threw out the case last month, marking “other” for the reasoning.

Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra said her office never received the dashcam tape from McAllen police.

Instead, she saw video recorded at the police station, which showed a more put together Longoria. With that video alone, the case wasn’t strong enough to take to court, she said.

“When looking at the video it doesn’t sound to me like she had slurred speech,” Guerra told the Monitor earlier this week.

The police officer who stopped Logoria for driving 69 mph in a 55 mph zone said she begged him not to arrest her.

“You are going to ruin my life,” she allegedly told him. The dashcam video does not have audio from their interaction.

The officer also said the judge admitted to having five beers the night she was pulled over.

The 49-year-old refused to take a breath test and was charged with driving while intoxicated.

McAllen police said they are not sure why the Attorney’s office never received the dashcam footage.

Longoria was elected to the 13th Court of Appeals in 2012.