White Collar Crime

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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Law & Crime
4:51 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Corruption Trial Continues for Fifth Week

Richmond, Last Week

Week five and day 21 of the Bob and Maureen McDonnell corruption trial has neither the prosecutors nor the judge handling the former governor with care. 

Monday's testimony had onlookers grabbing a virtual bag of popcorn and a soft drink waiting for prosecutors to really hone in on the corruption charges.

First, the prosecutor demanded absolute responses from McDonnell—asking whether he was denying loans, gifts, or asking any public official to meet with ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

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Day 20
4:28 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

McDonnell Trial: Following the Money

The scene at the courthouse in Richmond, VA.

On day 20 of the former first couple's federal corruption trial and day 3 of testimony from former Governor Bob McDonnell, jurors were able to follow the money.

The last two days were focused on McDonnell's troubled marriage and how it conflicted with his job as governor.  The former governor testified about the loans and relationship he had with ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

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Law & Crime
4:18 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Former Governor's Second Day on the Stand

Testimony by former governor Bob McDonnell during his federal corruption trial consisted of his description of the breakdown of his marriage and pleading to his wife and co-defendant, Maureen, about her overspending. 

The morning was pretty solemn—and at one point, there was some much-needed comic relief when he was asked about his own purchases.
McDonnell testified that he did not know about the costs of the shopping sprees his wife enjoyed on Jonnie Williams' dime—and that neither Williams nor his wife informed him.  

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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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