Jurors begin deliberations this morning in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. Jurors will rule on 14 corruption and bank fraud charges and one charge of obstruction of justice aimed exclusively at the former first lady. If found guilty the McDonnell’s could face decades in prison.
Prosecutors say the McDonnell’s sold out by granting Williams use of the executive mansion to promote his product and scheduling an ultimately unfruitful meeting between Williams and the Virginia Secretary of Health.
Bob McDonnell’s defense team says the prosecution’s evidence is largely circumstantial. They argue Williams got nothing and the governor didn’t hide anything.
Attorneys for Maureen McDonnell argue that the former Virginia first couple could not have conspired, because their marriage was in trouble and the two were barely speaking.