The McDonnell’s son Bobby took the stand yesterday, confirming gifts to the family and golf trips from Jonnie Williams and filling in details. Bobby said when he first saw the now famous Rolex watch paid for by Williams but given as a Christmas gift by Maureen to her husband, he thought it was a blackmarket knockoff purchased on a recent trade mission to Asia. Bobby noticed the second hand ticked instead of rolling perpetually, the trademark of a Rolex.
Jonnie Williams, the dietary supplement manufacturer who gave former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen over $150,000 in gifts and loans while seeking clinical trials from state universities, took the stand today in their corruption trial.
In 2011 Williams hand-delivered Maureen McDonnell a $50,000 check to help cover the mortgage at their vacation house in Virginia Beach. When the prosecution asked about his motivations for the gift and whether he considered the McDonnell’s friends he replied “No, this was a business relationship.”
Defense attorneys for Maureen McDonnell say the former first lady had a “crush” on Jonnie Williams, the man who gave her and her husband, former Governor Bob McDonnell, over $150,000 in loans and gifts. The McDonnell’s separate defense teams both say there was a rift between the former first couple that predated their introduction Williams and that their marriage had broken down, precluding them from committing a conspiracy. \
Opening arguments and initial testimony were held in the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, who accepted over $150,000 dollars in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of a struggling pharmaceutical company. The separate defense teams for Bob and Maureen McDonnell say no conspiracy between the couple could have occurred, because their marriage was troubled and the two were barely speaking. The former governor is expected to take the stand and read an email pleading with his wife to help save their marriage.
In a 2-1 decision, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has struck down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. Defendants are expected to file a motion to stay the ruling, potentially sending the case to the U.S. Supreme Court for review.
Attorney General Mark Herring voted in favor of the ban in 2006, but says like many Americans his views have since changed. Herring is the first AG to successfully argue at the appellate level for his state’s ban to be struck down.
The 12-person jury has been selected, and opening arguments in the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen will be held federal court today (July 29). The jury is made up of six white men, three white women and three black men. The former Governor told reporters yesterday that he has tremendous lawyers and faith in God and the justice system. The list of witnesses includes former statewide elected officials including former Democratic Governor L.
The Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate, Robert Sarvis, says Virginians lost out from his exclusion from the Virginia Bar Association debate between Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie. While healthcare reform dominated the debate, Sarvis says neither candidate is discussing the real problem.
Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, faced off for the first time July 25 at the Virginia Bar Association debate at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs,West Virginia. Much of the debate centered on healthcare reform, with Gillespie targeting Warner for his role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which the Republican candidate says fails to bring down healthcare costs.
Gillespie said he wants to replace Obamacare with market oriented solutions but has yet to produce a plan.
The corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and former first lady Maureen McDonnell begins today in federal district court in Richmond.
Analyst Jeff Schapiro examines the trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell on federal corruption charges and the fund-raising prowess of Gov. Terry McAuliffe.