Federal Government

8:14 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling: What It Means & What Happens Next

Some Virginians planned to attend weddings today, but the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in – issuing a stay of the lower court order that would have allowed gay and lesbian couples to marry. 

Clerks of Court like Charlottesville’s Llizelle Dugger were standing by to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples, but late Wednesday the Supreme Court issued a stay of the lower court ruling allowing them to wed. Dugger says it’s not clear when the high court will hear arguments:

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4:40 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Same Sex Couples Must Wait to Marry in VA

Disappointment for some and relief for others,  as the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice John Roberts sent word to the state of Virginia, which was preparing to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. 

Wednesday afternoon, the court  granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

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Defense Continues in Corruption Trial
4:27 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Former Governor Takes the Stand

Former Governor McDonnell speaks briefly to reporters.

Former Governor McDonnell took the stand in his own defense in a surprising turn of events Wednesday afternoon during the former first couple’s federal corruption trial.

Some legal experts wonder whether it was ill-advised for him to testify right now—while others say it's a wise tactic.

McDonnell was confident and seemingly unnerved in day one of his testimony—but not before two long-time friends took the stand to vouch for his character.  The former governor said he was eager to tell his side of the story: 

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Day 16
4:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Defense Continues in McDonnell Corruption Trial

Politica Analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth

Day 16 of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened with Judge James Spencer thanking the jurors for being there—and saying that he had prayed for each of them last night. 

That was a subtle reference to the loss of three jurors since the proceedings began. 

The defense continued with its witnesses and meticulously focused on McDonnell’s sister and real estate business partner—who, like his wife, is also named “Maureen.”


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Defense Calls the Witnesses
4:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

McDonnell Trial Update from Day 15

Former Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Vestal Kelly

Day 15 of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began with the replacement of a juror who had to go out-of-state for a family emergency. 

That leaves just one alternate juror in the event that any others are excused.   This week the defense is calling the witnesses—in hopes of casting doubt on the prosecution’s case.

The day’s primary witness was Janet Vestal Kelly, the former Secretary of the Commonwealth under McDonnell, who has known and often worked for him since 1999. 

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