Political scandals

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry, right, emerges with his lawyer John Carr from the Robert C. Byrd United States Courthouse after his sentencing, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 in Charleston, W.Va. Loughry, a former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment scandal has been sentenced to two years behind bars. (Craig Hudson/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
February 13, 2019 - 4:56 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia Supreme Court justice who had a $32,000 blue suede couch in his office and was at the center of an impeachment and corruption scandal was sentenced to two years in federal prison Wednesday. "I have not seen evidence of remorse," U.S. District Judge...
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FILE - This 1920s image shows comedian Eddie Cantor wearing blackface while performing "If You Knew Susie." As some of Virginia's white political leaders grapple with long-delayed fallout from having worn blackface years ago, others who once donned blackface have been re-examining old memories of the behavior. (AP Photo/File)
February 12, 2019 - 1:43 pm
Mark Acosta remembers so many of the details. He was in fourth grade in a predominantly Hispanic mining town in Arizona and his teachers painted his face black for a play where he portrayed comedian Flip Wilson and his character Geraldine. Acosta, now 57, thought nothing of it at the time. But...
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Director Charles Ferguson poses for a photo prior to an interview with the Associated Press about his movie 'Watergate" at the 2019 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
February 12, 2019 - 10:10 am
BERLIN (AP) — Charles Ferguson thought Watergate had never "properly been done." The result was a documentary that explores the American presidential scandal in its full epic span, clocking in at more than four hours. The director of financial crisis documentary "Inside Job," which won an Oscar in...
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February 11, 2019 - 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Feb. 6 about Elizabeth Warren, The Associated Press reported erroneously the position that Democratic activist Fawn Douglas holds at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is a part-time instructor, not a professor. A corrected version of the story is below: Warren...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax looks over a briefing book prior to the start of the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 11, 2019 - 12:54 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — After days of clamoring for resignations or impeachment, Virginia Democratic political and community leaders had second thoughts Monday as they confronted the racially combustible scandals that have engulfed the party's top three elected officials. A state lawmaker who had...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014 photo, David Pecker, Chairman and CEO of American Media, addresses those attending the Shape & Men's Fitness Super Bowl Party in New York. An attorney for the head of the National Enquirer’s parent company says the tabloid didn’t commit extortion or blackmail by threatening to publish Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ explicit photos. Elkan Abramowitz represents American Media Inc. CEO David Pecker. He defended the tabloid’s practice as a “negotiation” in an interview Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, with ABC News. (Marion Curtis via AP, File)
February 10, 2019 - 7:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Enquirer committed neither extortion nor blackmail by threatening to publish intimate photos of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, an attorney for the head of the tabloid's parent company said Sunday. Elkan Abromowitz, an attorney for American Media Inc. chief executive David...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax looks over a briefing book prior to the start of the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 10, 2019 - 6:09 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers on Monday will reluctantly face the unprecedented prospect of impeaching the state's second most powerful leader as they struggle to address revelations of past racist behavior and allegations of sexual assault roiling its highest levels of office. At least...
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FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2018 file photo, Virginia Gov.-elect, Lt. Gov Ralph Northam, center, walks down the reviewing stand with Lt. Gov-elect, Justin Fairfax, right, and Attorney General Mark Herring at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. The political crisis in Virginia exploded Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, when the state's attorney general confessed to putting on blackface in the 1980s and a woman went public with detailed allegations of sexual assault against the lieutenant governor. With Northam's career already hanging by a thread over a racist photo, the day's developments threatened to take down all three of Virginia's top elected officials. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
February 10, 2019 - 5:33 am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Eva Siakam's choice to campaign for Ralph Northam in 2017 was a simple one: He was a Democrat and endorsed by Barack Obama, America's first black president. But sitting in a stylist's chair at Supreme Hair Styling Boutique in Richmond on Friday, she shook her head in disgust...
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Virginia Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax welcomes visitors to the gallery at the opening of the senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. A California woman has accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her 15 years ago. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 09, 2019 - 7:05 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's embattled lieutenant governor on Saturday called for authorities, including the FBI, to investigate sexual assault allegations made against him while defying widespread calls for his resignation with a plea for "space in this moment for due process." Democratic Lt...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, gavels the session to order at the start of the Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
February 09, 2019 - 5:40 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on fallout from scandals roiling Virginia's top officials (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is reaffirming his decision to not resign after two women came forward with accusations of sexual assault. Fairfax issued a statement Saturday...
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