Law and Crime

Day 2 Courtroom Bombshell
4:57 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Opening Statements in Corruption Trial

Maureen McDonnell arrives at the courthouse.

The second day of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began with instructions to the jury that they must be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt by the evidence—and not by leaks or media accounts.

Prosecutor Jessica Aber  recounted the indictment’s theory that the McDonnells exchanged official acts for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.  But  the bombshells hit when the couple’s defense attorneys spoke.

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Federal Courthouse in Richmond
4:53 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Jury Selection Begins in McDonnell Corruption Trial

Jury selection began today in the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Prosecutors allege that the former first couple promoted Star Scientific’s products in exchange for gifts and mortgage loans from the company’s former CEO, Jonnie Williams.  But the first step on Monday was to try and choose a fair and impartial jury.

The former governor greeted reporters outside the courthouse with “Good morning,” and inquired how they were doing. One asked McDonnell if he was optimistic.

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4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
4:34 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Court Strikes Down VA's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Virginia and three other states may soon be allowing gay marriage after a federal appeals court ruling in Richmond, but supporters of a ban are expected to ask for a Supreme Court hearing.


The Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says Virginia’s ban on same sex marriage denies gay couples equal protection under the law.  The decision also makes similar prohibitions in North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia unconstitutional, but at Equality Virginia, director James Parrish says those states probably won’t be issuing marriage licenses yet.

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Former Governor & Wife
3:31 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Corruption Trial Begins Monday

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

The federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, begins on Monday.  Federal prosecutors allege the former first couple performed official acts to promote Star Scientific’s products in exchange for roughly $165,000 in gifts and loans from its ex-CEO, Jonnie Williams—then failed to disclose most of those gifts.

McDonnell says he never made such an agreement--and the company received NO quid pro quo.

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Unaccompanied Minors
8:22 am
Thu July 24, 2014

VA Lawmakers Debate Border Crisis Situation


Lawmakers in the region are divided over how to deal with the president's request for emergency money to deal with the flood of unaccompanied minors. 

The new Republican proposal calls for deploying the National Guard to the border, while also funding more immigration judges to quickly process the unaccompanied children. The proposal still faces an uphill battle - even in the GOP. Here’s Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes who has been calling for more border security.

“I can’t say that what we’re comfortable with. The devil’s always in the details.”

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