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1:38 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

McDonnell Case: Request for New Trial Denied

August, 2014

The federal judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has rejected a request by the former first couple for a new trial. 

Judge James Spencer also denied their request to throw out their guilty verdicts—with the exception of one conviction against Maureen. 

Spencer disagreed with defense arguments that the McDonnells should be acquitted because prosecutors failed to prove that the couple exercised any official governmental power in exchange for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

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1st VA Governor Convicted of a Felony
3:59 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

McDonnell Convictions

Credit Steve Helber/AP via NPR

Bob McDonnell is the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony.  A federal jury today convicted Bob and Maureen McDonnell on multiple counts in their corruption trial in U.S. District Court.

Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 of 13 counts.  The former first lady was convicted on nine of 13 counts.

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Corruption Trial
4:08 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Deliberations Continue in Richmond Federal Court

Credit AP Photo/Steve Helber via NPR

Day 2 of the jury deliberations in the Bob and Maureen McDonnell corruption trial has the media, onlookers, and, of course, the McDonnell family camped out or nearby awaiting a verdict.

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Closing Arguments Friday
4:29 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Testimony Wraps Up in Corruption Trial

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the courthouse with his children.

Day 24 of the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began with the prosecution’s rebuttal witness, FBI Special Agent Kathryn Weber. 

Since the former first lady was not a public official under the law, prosecutors must prove that the former first couple engaged in a conspiracy to win convictions on some charges. 

After days of testimony by McDonnell and other witnesses that the couple did not communicate well, that was a huge challenge.

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Day 23 of Court
4:51 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Defense Rests in McDonnell Corruption Trial

Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky stops near the courthouse.

Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s defense team rested their case on Day 23 of his federal corruption trial …and then lawyers for Maureen McDonnell took a turn calling witnesses for the former first lady.

Their testimonies seemed to bolster defense assertions that ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams pushed his gifts onto people who never asked for them…and that the former first couple’s marriage was troubled for years before they ever reached the Executive Mansion.

April Niamtu bought a plane ticket in 2011 to support her close friend, Maureen, at a convention in Utah. 

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