The United States has rested its case in the corruption trial against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, and closing arguments are set for today (August 29). Federal prosecutors rested after testimony from their final witness, an FBI agent who analyzed theMcDonnell's calendar entries to illustrate that Virginia’s former first couple spent three quarters of their nights together under the same roof during the 22 months subject to the investigation.
Closing arguments begin this morning (August 29) in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. Federal prosecutors will begin, followed by defense attorneys then the jury will be read between 70 and 90 instructions on how to interpret the evidence they’ve been presented over the past five weeks. Key to the defense is the argument that the McDonnells' marriage was in trouble and they were barely communicating, and therefore couldn’t have conspired.
The prosecution in the corruption trial against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen will call at least one more rebuttal witness before the jury instruction conference begins.
Yesterday (8/27) for rebuttal, the prosecution called James Abel, a party planner from New York, who said he and Maureen McDonnell’s former Chief of Staff never discussed an Anatabloc launch at the mansion.
Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky, the daughter of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen testified Wednesday in the couple’s federal corruption trial in Richmond. Zubowsky told Jurors she and her husband Adam returned a $10,000 wedding check from Jonnie Williams “after we realized he was a criminal.” Prosecutors quickly objected. Williams has not been charged with or convicted of any crime but has been given an immunity deal from federal prosecutors, for any alleged securities fraud he may have committed.
Richard Kelsey, Assistant Dean of George Mason University Law School says jury instructions are always a big fight. Kelsey says the government has a difficult case because most of the evidence is circumstantial. Kelsey says prosecutors want a much broader definition of what constitutes an official act by the Governor. The defense is seeking far narrower definition of "official act." Tomorrow, the jury is expected to hear final arguments.