Pazulski is expected to return to the witness stand when the trial resumes Tuesday. More officers from the detail were expected to follow.

Leopold waived his right to a jury trial on Thursday. His attorneys declined to explain their reasoning, but the move often signals that complex legal questions will play an important role in the defense.

If convicted of the fraud charge, Leopold could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. Judges have broad leeway on sentences for misconduct in office because the charge carries no specific penalty.

Leopold has remained in office while under indictment.

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