PHOENIX — A judge, after a lengthy closed hearing, ruled Wednesday that the state attorney general may continue his grand jury investigation of alleged improprieties by Gov. Evan Mecham.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Michael D. Ryan said no conflict of interest existed that would require the removal of Atty. Gen. Bob Corbin from the investigation into an allegedly secret $350,000 campaign loan to Mecham in violation of state law.
In addition to the grand jury investigation, Mecham is the subject of a recall drive, possible impeachment and calls for his resignation.
The first-term Republican governor has denied any intentional wrongdoing.
Ryan's decision was issued after a morning session of fiery argument in open court, followed by nearly three hours of talks in the judge's chambers.