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Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020 in Paris. Sarkozy goes on trial on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Corruption trial for France's Sarkozy to go ahead Monday

Nov. 26, 2020 10:53 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A landmark trial involving allegations of corruption and influence-peddling by former French President Nicolas Sarkozy will begin in earnest Monday, after a Paris court rejected an appeal for a delay by an ailing co-defendant. After the co-defendant, 73-year-old magistrate Gilbert Azibert, was...

FILE - In this  June 19, 2018 file photo, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray Caso speaks at a press conference in Mexico City. Videgaray has angrily denied accusations by a lawyer for another former Cabinet secretary on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, who claims he used embezzled government money to finance election campaigns, calling the accusations “completely false.”  (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

Ex-Mexico treasury chief rejects 2nd set of accusations

Nov. 24, 2020 9:49 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s former treasury and foreign relations secretary, Luis Videgaray, angrily denied accusations Tuesday by a lawyer for another former Cabinet secretary who claimed he used embezzled government money to help finance election campaigns. The accusations by a lawyer for...

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at the courtroom, Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 in Paris. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy goes on trial Monday on charges of corruption and influence peddling in a phone-tapping scandal, a first for the 65-year-old politician who has faced several other judicial investigations since leaving office in 2012. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

French ex-President Sarkozy's trial for corruption suspended

Nov. 23, 2020 10:09 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — The trial of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy for corruption and influence peddling was suspended Monday less than two hours after it started, to allow a medical report on one of the defendants. Sarkozy is accused of having tried to illegally obtain information from a magistrate about...

Sentencing set for ex-NW Indiana mayor over campaign funds

Nov. 22, 2020 9:53 AM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A former northwestern Indiana mayor faces a January sentencing after pleading guilty to charges that he illegally used public campaign donations to cover gambling losses. Joseph Stahura, 64, pleaded guilty in September to wire fraud and filing a false tax return, felonies that carry a...

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington. The president's legal entanglements are likely to intensify when leaves the White House in January 2021 and loses immunity from prosecution. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Criminal probe, legal fights await Trump after White House

Nov. 20, 2020 1:02 AM EST

A few miles south of the namesake tower where Donald Trump began his run for president, New York prosecutors are grinding away at an investigation into his business dealings that could shadow him long after he leaves office in January. The probe led by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. is one of several...

Eyman trial over campaign funds paused because of illness

Nov. 18, 2020 9:38 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A Thurston County Superior Court judge has paused a civil trial involving anti-tax initiative promoter Tim Eyman after a state attorney informed the court that a family member of a member of its legal team had become ill. Judge James Dixon on Wednesday recessed the trial until...

State seeks to bar Eyman from controlling political money

Nov. 16, 2020 8:42 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is seeking to bar initiative promoter Tim Eyman from having any future financial control of political committees as a judge hears arguments that he solicited kickbacks, laundered donations and flouted campaign finance law in a long-running scheme to enrich himself....

FILE - In this Oct.29, 2020 file photo, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy attends a ceremony in Nice, southern France. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants authorities to drop an investigation into alleged illegal financing of his 2007 campaign by the regime of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. A French-Lebanese businessman this week backtracked on claims he made in 2016 that he had handed Sarkozy suitcases of Libyan cash (Valery Hache; Pool via AP, File)

France's Sarkozy seeks closure of Libyan corruption case

Nov. 12, 2020 6:35 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants authorities to drop an investigation into alleged illegal financing of his 2007 campaign by the regime of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, after a central accuser backtracked on claims that he had handed Sarkozy’s team suitcases of Libyan...

Appeals court upholds $18M campaign finance fine

Nov. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — An appeals court has upheld the largest penalty for campaign finance violations ever assessed in Washington state. In a unanimous ruling Tuesday, the court affirmed the $18 million fine imposed on the Grocery Manufacturers Association for violating Washington campaign-finance laws during a...

Prosecutors seek trial date for indicted Alabama sheriff

Nov. 11, 2020 9:31 AM EST

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to set a trial date for a longtime Alabama sheriff who has continued to serve despite being indicted on theft and ethics charges. The state is pushing to a date to begin the trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely, who was indicted in August 2019 on...