White Collar Crime

Day 16
4:38 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Defense Continues in McDonnell Corruption Trial

Politica Analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth

Day 16 of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife opened with Judge James Spencer thanking the jurors for being there—and saying that he had prayed for each of them last night. 

That was a subtle reference to the loss of three jurors since the proceedings began. 

The defense continued with its witnesses and meticulously focused on McDonnell’s sister and real estate business partner—who, like his wife, is also named “Maureen.”


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Defense Calls the Witnesses
4:47 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

McDonnell Trial Update from Day 15

Former Secretary of the Commonwealth Janet Vestal Kelly

Day 15 of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, began with the replacement of a juror who had to go out-of-state for a family emergency. 

That leaves just one alternate juror in the event that any others are excused.   This week the defense is calling the witnesses—in hopes of casting doubt on the prosecution’s case.

The day’s primary witness was Janet Vestal Kelly, the former Secretary of the Commonwealth under McDonnell, who has known and often worked for him since 1999. 

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Law & Crime
4:34 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Parading the Evidence

Dr. Bob Holsworth at the federal courthouse in Richmond.

Federal prosecutors in the Bob and Maureen McDonnell trial called as a witness one of the FBI investigators who sifted through the former first couple's email, text, and mobile records.

They tied those records to benefactor Jonnie Williams in the gift-giving scandal. But one political analyst who has been watching the trial believes what may be most damning—at least in the eyes of the jurors—were the gifts paraded before them Thursday.

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Law & Crime
4:39 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Trial - Day 6

Jonnie Williams mobbed by reporters.
Credit photo by Anne Marie Morgan

It was the defense’s turn to cross-examine the prosecution’s star witness, Jonnie Williams, on Day Six of the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.  The ex-Star Scientific CEO admitted Friday that he never told the former governor about many of his wife’s requests—including a Rolex, use of a Ferrari, and a New York luxury shopping trip. The defense sought to reinforce that idea… while portraying Williams as looking out for his own interests.

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Day 5
5:51 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Corruption Trial Continues

Day five of the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, kicked off with the former first lady’s attorney cross-examining the prosecution's key witness, ex-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

The strategy seemed to include attributing most business dealings associated with the first family to Maureen and away from her husband.

The more Mrs. McDonnell, who was not a state official, is tied to the gifts and loans, the more leverage the defense has to say that the former Governor did not use his office in exchange for gifts.

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