Argentina’s VP Fernández guilty in $1B fraud, gets 6 years

Dec 6, 2022, 12:59 PM | Updated: Dec 7, 2022, 3:59 am
Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing ...

Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernández was convicted and sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office for a fraud scheme that embezzled $1 billion through public works projects during her presidency.

A three-judge panel found the Peronist leader guilty of fraud, but rejected a charge of running a criminal organization, for which the sentence could have been 12 years in prison. It was the first time an Argentine vice president has been convicted of a crime while in office.

Fernández lashed out at the verdict, describing herself as the victim of a “judicial mafia.” But she also later announced that she would not run next year for the presidency, a post she previously held in 2007-2015.

The sentence isn’t firm until appeals are decided, a process that could take years. She will remains immune from arrest meanwhile.

Fernández’s supporters vowed to paralyze the country with a nationwide strike. They clogged downtown Buenos Aires and marched on the federal court building, beating drums and shouting as they pressed against police barriers.

Fernández roundly denied all the accusations. Argentina’s dominant leader this century, she was accused of improperly granting public works contracts to a construction magnate closely tied to her family.

The verdict is certain to deepen fissures in the South American nation, where politics can be a blood sport and the 69-year-old populist leader is either loved or hated.

President Alberto Fernández, who is not related to his vice president, said on Twitter that she was innocent and that her conviction is “the result of a trial in which the minimum forms of due process were not taken care of.”

Prosecutors said Fernández fraudulently directed 51 public works projects to Lázaro Báez, a construction magnate and early ally of her and her husband Nestor Kirchner, who served as president in 2003-2007 and died suddenly in 2010.

Báez and members of Fernández’s 2007-2015 presidential administration were among a dozen others accused in the conspiracy. The panel also sentenced Báez and her public works secretary, José López, to six years. Most of the others got lesser sentences.

Prosecutors Diego Luciani and Sergio Mola said the Báez company was created to embezzle revenues through improperly bid projects that suffered from cost overruns and in many cases were never completed. The company disappeared after the Kirchners’ 12 years in power, they said.

In Argentina, judges in such cases customarily pronounce verdicts and sentences first and explain how they reached their decision later. The panel’s full decision is expected in February. After that, the verdict can be appealed up to the Supreme Court, a process that could take years.

Fernández went on her YouTube channel to say she will not seek further office after her vice presidential term expires on Dec. 10, 2023. “I’m not going to be a candidate for anything, not president, not for senator. My name is not going to be on any ballot. I finish on December 10 and go home,” she said.

Politicians and analysts had noted that until her appeal is settled, Fernández would be free to run for any elected office — from a seat in Congress to the presidency — and obtain immunity arrest by being elected.

“Cristina always surprises,” pollster Roberto Bacman, director of Argentina’s Center for Public Opinion Studies, said of her announcement. But “she will continue fighting,” he added. “She places herself in the center of the fight and says that she is not going to hide.”

He said it remains to be seen if the Peronist sector seesk to push Fernández to reconsider her decision.

Patricio Giusto, director of the consulting firm Diagnóstico Político, predicted Fernández will deepen her “strategy of victimization and equating herself” with Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, the leftist politician who has just been elected president of Brazil after a court overturned his prison sentence for corruption.

During the judicial process, the vice president called herself a victim of “lawfare” and characterized the Judiciary as a pawn of the opposition media and conservative politician Mauricio Macri, who succeeded her as president in 2015-2019.

Fernández remains the singular leader of the leftist faction of the Peronist movement. Bacman said his surveys show 62% of Argentines want her removed and 38% support her no matter what.

Meanwhile, other cases remain pending against her, including a charge of money-laundering that also involves her son and daughter.

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              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, react after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and was issued a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, cry after hearing the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Fernandez, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A supporter of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, waits outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside a federal court building where judges are expected to announce the verdict and sentence in a conspiracy and fraud trial against her, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Riot police flank the exterior of a federal court building after judges announced the sentence and verdict in a conspiracy and fraud trial against Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The court sentenced Fernandez to 6 years in prison and a lifetime ban from holding public office. Fernandez is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              A man walks next to a graffiti that reads in Spanish: "Cristina is hope", in reference to Vice President Cristina Kirchner, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, Dic. 5, 2022. A judge will determine Tuesday whether to sentence Cristina Kirchner for allegedly leading a criminal conspiracy that irregularly awarded public works contracts to a friend and ally. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, gather outside the court where judges are expected to announce the verdict in a corruption case against her in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The banner reads in Spanish "Everyone with Cristina." Three judges will soon announce their verdict in the corruption trial of Fernandez, accused of running a criminal organization that fraudulently directed about $1 billion in public works projects to her longtime ally when she was president. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              Supporters of Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez, a former president, rally outside the court where judges are expected to announce the verdict in a corruption case against her in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The banner reads in Spanish "Everyone with Cristina." Three judges will soon announce their verdict in the corruption trial of Fernandez, accused of running a criminal organization that fraudulently directed about $1 billion in public works projects to her longtime ally when she was president. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
            
              FILE - Argentine Vice President Cristina Fernandez greets supporters as she leaves her home in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 23, 2022. Federal court judges are preparing on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, to announce their verdict in the corruption trial of Fernandez who  is accused of running a criminal organization that defrauded the state of $1 billion during her presidency through public works contracts granted to a construction magnate closely tied to her family. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, File)

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Courtside seats 166 and 167 at the arena where the Los Angeles Lakers play their home games are pretty much as good as it gets. The people occupying those chairs when LeBron James breaks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA scoring record will have an up-close view, with their feet on the very hardwood where the history-making shot […]
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Bono, a shooting hero, Nichols’ family members to join Biden

Rock star Bono, the 26-year-old who disarmed a gunman in last month’s Monterey Park, California, shooting, and the family of Tyre Nichols will be among the featured guests sitting alongside first lady Jill Biden at Tuesday’s State of the Union address. The White House said the guests were invited “because they personify issues or themes […]
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Group: 1-in-5 U.S. adults will bet on this year’s Super Bowl

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A record 50.4 million American adults plan to bet on this year’s Super Bowl, wagering a total of $16 billion, the gambling industry’s national trade group predicted Tuesday. The American Gaming Association forecasts that 1-in-5 American adults will place a bet on Sunday’s NFL championship game between the Philadelphia Eagles […]
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Russian shells spark hospital fire before expected assault

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian shelling hit more civilian targets in Ukraine, starting a fire at a town’s hospital and damaging five apartment buildings, local officials said Tuesday, as Ukrainian authorities reported a Moscow troop buildup in eastern areas before what Kyiv suspected was an impending new offensive by Russia around the anniversary of its […]
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French protesters hold more strikes over pension changes

PARIS (AP) — Public transportation, schools and electricity, oil and gas supplies were disrupted on Tuesday in France as demonstrators were taking to the streets for a third round of nationwide strikes and protests against the government’s pension reform plans. The demonstrations come a day after the debate on the bill started at parliament. Last […]
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