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.
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.
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.
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: