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U.S. Rests Case Against McDonnells, Defense Starts Monday

The prosecution has rested its case in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, concluding by presenting the jury all of the tangible items they received from businessman Jonnie Williams in rapid succession.

FBI agents displayed Louis Vuitton and Oscar de la Renta dresses, coats, shoes and accessories given to Virginia’s former first lady, and golf bags, clubs, shoes and other apparel given to the former Governor and his sons.

An FBI chart shows the McDonnell’s accepted at least $177,000 in gifts, vacations and loans from Williams, though they acknowledge did not account for several dinners for the first couple and golf outings for their sons.

Prosecutors say the McDonnell’s accepted these gifts quid pro quo to promote Anatabloc, a nutritional supplement produced by Williams’ company, Star Scientific. McDonnell says many of his actions were questionable, but legal.

The defense begins Monday (August 18).