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Maureen McDonnell Waives Right to Testify in Own Defense

Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell has waived the right to speak in her own defense in the federal corruption trial against her and her husband, former Governor Bob McDonnell. Maureen McDonnell stood yesterday as Judge James Spencer explained she had the right to testify, but that should she choose not to, it cannot be held against her.

McDonnell Trial Drawing to a Close

The corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen is drawing to a close. McDonnell completed his testimony Tuesday and a short witness list remains. Federal Prosecutor Michael Dry, who has tried to paint a bleak picture of the McDonnell’s personal finances, showed a 2012 clip of the former Governor on Sean Hannity’s program discussing the state’s balanced budget.

Prosecutors Have Begun Cross Examination of McDonnell

Former Governor Bob McDonnell did not tell his senior staff of a $15,000 cash gift to his daughter and a $50,000 loan to his wife from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, before they approved a luncheon for his company at the Governor’s mansion. The luncheon at the Executive Mansion was arranged so Williams could present money to state universities to kick-start clinical trials of Star Scientific’s new dietary supplement.

Prosecution to Begin Cross Examination of McDonnell

Prosecutors will begin their cross examination today of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for official acts to promote the company’s dietary supplement.

McDonnell Was Unaware of First $50,000 Loan From Williams

Bob McDonnell testified yesterday that he was unaware of the first $50,000 loan from Jonnie Williams to his wife. This directly challenges sworn testimony from Williams who said he spoke with the Governor about the loan and that he would not have made it otherwise.

Williams has been told he could go to prison if any of his testimony is found to be false.

McDonnell Worried in 2011 That Marriage Might Be Over

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell told jurors Thursday in the corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen that he was heartbroken in 2011 that his marriage might be over. Defense attorneys for the former governor presented an e-mail he wrote to his wife over Labor Day weekend in 2011. McDonnell was forbidden to read it aloud by Judge James Spencer, but was permitted to summarize it for the jury.

GOP says Chafin Election to Bring Stability to Senate

Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell and the state Senate’s Republican Majority Leader Tom Norment say Tuesday’s election of Ben Chafin to the Senate, solidifying the GOP’s control of the upper chamber, will bring stability and predictability to the General Assembly. The win will give the GOP a decisive majority in the Senate, barring unforeseen circumstances until at least January of 2016.


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