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Jury to Begin Deliberations Today in McDonnell Trial

Jurors begin deliberations this morning in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. Jurors will rule on 14 corruption and bank fraud charges and one charge of obstruction of justice aimed exclusively at the former first lady. If found guilty the McDonnell’s could face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say the McDonnell’s sold out by granting Williams use of the executive mansion to promote his product and scheduling an ultimately unfruitful meeting between Williams and the Virginia Secretary of Health.

Testimony Over in McDonnell Trial

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 in McDonnell Trial

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.

Rebuttal Witnesses Continue in McDonnell Trial

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.

McDonnell Daughter Jeanine Calls Jonnie Williams a “Criminal”

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.

Jury Instruction Conference Set to Begin in McDonnell Trial

 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.

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.

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