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Corruption and Conspiracy Hardest Charges for Government to Prove Against McDonnells

Federal prosecutors have a laundry list of evidence to support their charges of a corrupt quid pro quo conspiracy agreement between Bob and Maureen McDonnell and Jonnie Williams, though the vast majority of that evidence is circumstantial.

The defense strategy of limiting Governor McDonnell’s knowledge about his wife’s dealings with Jonnie Williams protects them both, because she was not an elected official, and therefore was free to accept as many gifts as she wanted.

Richard Kelsey, Assistant Dean of George Mason Law School, says the charges will be difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt. Should the jury fail to believe that any official act was performed by the Governor himself on Jonnie Williams behalf, then no corrupt agreement can be proven.