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McDonnell to Highlight Marriage Troubles in Testimony

Bob McDonnell again takes the stand to answer questions from his defense attorney Henry Asbill about the state of his marriage during his term as governor and specifically their relationship with Jonnie Williams. Key to the couple’s defense is that they could not have conspired because their marriage had broken down and the two were barely speaking.

Bob McDonnell Takes the Stand

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell took the stand in his own defense Wednesday in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife. 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, Anatabloc.

McDonnell’s Sister Maureen: Loans Made Good Business Sense

The sister of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell testified in his corruption trial Tuesday that the family used low interest loans to pay for expenses associated with their two troubled beach vacation properties, not out of necessity but because it made good business sense. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged with accepting $177,000 worth of gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, in exchange for promoting the company’s dietary supplement, Anatabloc.

U.S. Rests Case Against McDonnells, Defense Starts Monday

The prosecution has rested its case in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, concluding by presenting the jury all of the tangible items they received from businessman Jonnie Williams in rapid succession.

FBI agents displayed Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta dresses, coats, shoes and accessories given to Virginia’s former first lady, and golf bags, clubs, shoes and other apparel given to the former Governor and his sons.

Schapiro: Prosecution Rests in McD. Trial; Same-Sex Marriage Nearer In Va.; Dance Captures State Senate Seat

Analyst Jeff Schapiro discusses the McDonnell Trail at midpoint, the likelihoods of same-sex marriages becoming legal in Virginia soon, the states's budget and revenue condition, and special elections for legislative seats.

Phone Records Provide Small Glimpse into McDonnells' Marriage

During sworn testimony yesterday, FBI investigator David Hulser produced a chart showing that Maureen McDonnell had substantially more conversations with her husband than  with Jonnie Williams between 2011 and 2013. A key part of the defense’s argument is that the McDonnells couldn’t have conspired because their marriage was in shambles and Maureen McDonnell had an “inappropriate” relationship with Williams to fill the void left by her workaholic husband. Mrs. McDonnell spoke to her husband by phone 130 times between April and the end of December of 2011 vs. 94 calls to Jonnie Williams.

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