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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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"Not My Personal Friends"
4:25 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Jonnie Williams Testifies at Corruption Trial

Richmond, VA

Day four of the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, picked up where it left off the previous day—with the prosecution's star witness, Jonnie Williams.

The former Star Scientific CEO detailed the gifts and loans he provided to the former first family—and the point where he knew he believed he was crossing ethical and legal lines.



"The McDonnells were not my personal friends."

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July Trial Set
2:12 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Former Governor McDonnell & Wife Plead Not Guilty

The McDonnells leave U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images via NPR

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are free on their own recognizance, but received strong warnings not to interact with the news media.

Both pleaded “not guilty” to more than a dozen charges … and now have until July 28th to strategize with their counsel before what's expected to be a lengthy trial.

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Roanoke Crime Response
6:08 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Virginia Crime Report Published

Each year the Virginia State Police issues an annual crime analysis breaking down incidents by location and type. The most recent analysis for crimes in 2013 puts a city at the top of the list that doesn’t think it belongs there.

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