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. \
Articles by Craig Carper
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.
The Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie, was in the Richmond area this week speaking to local business owners about their challenges and what they want to see from their elected leaders. Paul Dorn, owner of Colonial Body and Paint Shop and Colonial Mobile Glass Shop, employs 18 people in Mechanicsville. He told Gillespie his biggest need from the government is a sense of stability. He feels that the President and Congress are paying for too many benefits. Gillespie says he hears many business owners don’t have confidence in the economy and are worried about regulations.
Governor Terry McAuliffe is cutting short a west coast fund raising trip to survey the damage from yesterday’s Tornado at the Cherrystone Campground in the eastern shore town of Cheriton. Officials remain on site this morning having worked through the night to clean up the damage from the EF-1 tornado. McAuliffe will meet with those affected and thank first responders before a media briefing. The storm downed numerous trees and power lines and overturned several campers Thursday morning.
The Opportunity Educational Institution, the statewide school board tasked with taking over failing schools, is considering an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court, after a Norfolk Circuit Court ruling this summer that found the board is unconstitutional. Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that he will not challenge the Norfolk court’s ruling.
The Opportunity Educational Institution (OEI) nine-member board will meet early next week to determine whether it has the authority to file its own challenge.