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.
Articles by Craig Carper
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.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has finished his testimony in the corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen. The McDonnells are accused of accepting expensive gifts and loans from a Richmond businessman in exchange for promoting his product.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell did not tell his senior staff of a $15,000 cash gift to his daughter and a $50,000 loan to his wife from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, before they approved a luncheon for his company at the Governor’s mansion. The luncheon at the Executive Mansion was arranged so Williams could present money to state universities to kick-start clinical trials of Star Scientific’s new dietary supplement.
Prosecutors will continue their cross examination today of former Governor Bob McDonnell in the federal corruption trial of him and his wife Maureen. Federal prosecutors are likely to further dissect defense claims that the McDonnell’s marriage was in trouble and therefore the couple could not have conspired.
Prosecutors will begin their cross examination today of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell in the federal corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen. 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.
Bob McDonnell testified yesterday that he was unaware of the first $50,000 loan from Jonnie Williams to his wife. This directly challenges sworn testimony from Williams who said he spoke with the Governor about the loan and that he would not have made it otherwise.
Williams has been told he could go to prison if any of his testimony is found to be false.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell told jurors Thursday in the corruption trial against him and his wife Maureen that he was heartbroken in 2011 that his marriage might be over. Defense attorneys for the former governor presented an e-mail he wrote to his wife over Labor Day weekend in 2011. McDonnell was forbidden to read it aloud by Judge James Spencer, but was permitted to summarize it for the jury.
Republican Speaker of the House of Delegates Bill Howell and the state Senate’s Republican Majority Leader Tom Norment say Tuesday’s election of Ben Chafin to the Senate, solidifying the GOP’s control of the upper chamber, will bring stability and predictability to the General Assembly. The win will give the GOP a decisive majority in the Senate, barring unforeseen circumstances until at least January of 2016.
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.