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Craig Carper

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WCVE Public Radio political contributor.

Articles by Craig Carper

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.

Prosecutors Have Begun Cross Examination of McDonnell

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.

Prosecution to Begin Cross Examination of McDonnell

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.

McDonnell Was Unaware of First $50,000 Loan From Williams

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.

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