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Jurors Return for 1st Full Day of Deliberations in McDonnell Corruption Trial

Jurors return this morning for the first full day of deliberations in the corruption trial against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen.

Prosecutors say former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams got special access to the Executive Mansion and public officials to advance his company's dietary supplement in exchange for $177,000 in gifts and loans to the McDonnells.

Defense attorneys say Williams got nothing unavailable to any other Virginia business.

Judge James Spencer instructed jurors yesterday (9/2) that there didn’t have to be an explicit quid pro quo agreement in order to convict and took a broader interpretation than that of the defense had sought for what constitutes an official act. Spencer cautioned jurors to take greater care with the immunized testimony of Jonnie Williams and determine if his statements were affected by self interests or prejudice against the defendants. Spencer added jurors could take the McDonnells’ character into consideration when determining reasonable doubt.