White Collar Crime

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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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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