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9:04 am
Fri October 17, 2014

$78,000 Raised by Former VA Governor's Defense Fund

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Newly filed tax documents show the legal fund for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell raised $78,000 during the last quarter.

Tax records posted Wednesday show that the legal defense fund also spent more than $100,000 on legal fees.

The fund's quarterly report includes donations from July through the end of September.

McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on multiple corruption charges after a six-week trial that ended Sept. 4.

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8:14 am
Fri September 5, 2014

McDonnell's Attorney Vows Appeal of Corruption Convictions

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's attorney says his client didn't get a fair trial and will appeal his convictions on public corruption charges.

McDonnell was convicted Thursday on 11 of 13 counts in a case that derailed the career of the onetime rising Republican star. His wife, Maureen, was convicted of nine of 13 charges.

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8:22 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Jury Deliberations Resume in McDonnell Corruption Case

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jurors in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife will resume their deliberations Wednesday morning after breaking for the day.

They deliberated for more than five hours Tuesday after getting instructions from U.S. District Judge James S. Spencer.

Jurors must decide whether the couple sold the influence of the office to a wealthy vitamin executive seeking legitimacy for his company's signature product.

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1:28 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

McDonnell Corruption Case in the Hands of the Jury

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The public corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is in the hands of a federal jury.

The seven-man, five-woman jury left the courtroom to begin deliberations Tuesday after hearing nearly two hours of instructions from U.S. District Judge James Spencer. The jury heard from dozens of witnesses over a five-week trial.

The McDonnells are charged with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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11:26 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Prosecutors: "Corrupt Understanding" in McDonnell Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors are asking jurors to focus on two questions at the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

In their closing arguments Friday, prosecutors' asked the panel to think about why a Virginia businessman gave the couple more than $165,000 in gifts and loans, and why the McDonnells accepted.

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8:15 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Closing Arguments Today in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -Closing arguments are set for Friday morning in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The last witness Thursday was an FBI agent who testified that the McDonnells were together 90 percent of the nights during the 22 months that were the focus of the investigation. The testimony is intended to undercut a defense claim that the McDonnells' marriage was so fractured they couldn't have engaged in a conspiracy.

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11:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Closing Arguments Begin in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Testimony has wrapped up in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Closing arguments are set for Friday morning.

The last witness Thursday was an FBI agent who testified that the McDonnells were together 90 percent of the nights during the 22 months that were the focus of the investigation. The testimony is intended to undercut a defense claim that the McDonnells' marriage was so fractured they couldn't have engaged in a conspiracy.

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7:53 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Defense Rests in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Defense lawyers have finished presenting their case to a jury in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Lawyers for the couple wrapped up their case Wednesday. Closing arguments are likely to happen Friday.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker in exchange for promoting his company's products. They could face decades in prison if convicted.

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11:53 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Governor's Defense Rests in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The defense for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has rested its case in his public corruption trial.

His lawyer, Henry Asbill, told the judge Wednesday that he would not call further witnesses in his client's defense. The move comes after McDonnell testified in his own defense for more than four days. The former governor  acknowledged bad judgment but firmly denied any criminal wrongdoing.

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11:28 am
Tue August 26, 2014

McDonnell Pressed About Relationship with CEO in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors are questioning former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell about his friendship with a Virginia businessman whose generosity is at the heart of the ex-governor's corruption trial.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's tobacco-based dietary supplement.

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7:26 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Another Day on the Stand for Bob McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is facing sharp questions from prosecutors about details of his personal finances at his public corruption trial.

As the trial entered its fifth week, prosecutors began their cross-examination of McDonnell. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with providing special favors to a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

The pointed questions prompted long pauses and lengthy explanations from McDonnell, who was admonished by the judge to just "answer the question."

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11:51 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Wife Agreed to Counseling, says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says his wife eventually agreed to take medication and undergo mental health counseling amid concerns about her frequent outbursts toward him and her staff.

McDonnell was questioned by his wife's lawyer Monday in federal court in Richmond. The McDonnells are charged with providing special favors to a wealthy vitamin executive who gave him and his family more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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11:33 am
Fri August 22, 2014

$50,000 Loan Not Inappropriate, says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he did not think it was inappropriate to take a $50,000 loan from a Virginia businessman to help cover the ownership costs of vacation rental properties.

McDonnell was back on the witness stand Friday for the third straight day as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond.

The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

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8:29 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Ferrari Ride: No Big Deal says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Bob McDonnell downplayed the significance of his joy ride in a Ferrari owned by a former CEO of a dietary supplement maker.

McDonnell testified about his use of the sports car Thursday at his corruption trial in Richmond. He and his wife, Maureen, are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's supplements.

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12:16 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Wife Lived Separate Life, Says McDonnell in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling jurors that his time in public office took a toll on his marriage.

Separate Lives

McDonnell went back on the witness stand Thursday as his public corruption trial resumed in federal court in Richmond. He said his wife, Maureen, developed something of a separate life from him as she raised their five children and he devoted time to being a state legislator, Army Reservist and lawyer in private practice.

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7:37 am
Thu August 21, 2014

No Special Treatment, Says Former VA Governor in Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Gov. Bob McDonnell is telling jurors that the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker did not get any special treatment from his administration.

McDonnell testified that Star Scientific Inc. founder Jonnie Williams got little more than routine access.

The onetime rising Republican star began his much-anticipated testimony Wednesday. He and his wife, Maureen, are accused of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's products.

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11:31 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Finances Take Center Stage in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A forensic accountant hired as a defense witness will be back on the stand when the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.

The accountant testified Tuesday that the McDonnells and the former governor's sister were financially sound. He will answer more questions about his examination of financial records Wednesday.

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8:17 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Former VA First Lady Infatuated With Nutrition Company CEO

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Another defense witness in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption trial has described McDonnell's wife as difficult and prone to angry outbursts.

Kathleen Scott was a special assistant to onetime first lady Maureen McDonnell. She testified Tuesday that her ex-boss became increasingly volatile as she prepared for public appearances. Other witnesses have described similar behavior.

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11:35 am
Tue August 19, 2014

McDonnell's Sister Takes Stand in Public Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's sister says she had plenty of money to support a struggling real estate venture that has been an issue in her brother's public corruption trial.

Prosecutors say financial problems with two Virginia Beach rental homes drove McDonnell and his wife to take loans from a wealthy businessman who was seeking state-backed research on a dietary supplement made by his company.

But the sister, Maureen C. McDonnell, testified Monday that she earned about $560,000 in 2012 and could easily pay bills on the properties.

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8:22 am
Tue August 19, 2014

No Favors Asked: Defense Begins in Mcdonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A cabinet secretary for Bob McDonnell tells jurors she wasn't instructed to give preferential treatment to the owner of a dietary supplement company at the heart of the former governor's ongoing corruption trial.

Janet Kelly, who was secretary of the commonwealth under McDonnell and played a key role in handing out jobs and appointments, testified Monday as the former governor's lawyers began laying out their defense.

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11:42 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Defense Begins Its Case in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorneys have opened their defense of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell at his corruption trial by trying to demonstrate that he was open and transparent with his financial records.

A bookkeeper for a real estate partnership owned by McDonnell and his sister testified Monday that the former governor agreed in their first email exchange to give her full access to his bank records. Brenda Chamberlain says it was relatively rare for a client to do so.

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8:21 am
Wed August 13, 2014

More Testimony in Mcdonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms will be on the stand when the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.

When court ended Tuesday, Sessoms, the president of Town Bank, was testifying about Bob McDonnell's application to refinance a loan on one of the two beach rental properties that McDonnell and his sister own. Sessoms will answer more questions Wednesday, the 13th day of the trial.

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9:05 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Mcdonnell Corruption Trial Grinds On, Diet Supplement Sales Halted

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia's onetime attorney general will be back on the witness stand when the public corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.

Jerry Kilgore began testifying Monday and was still being questioned by a prosecutor when the judge called it quits for the day. Kilgore faces more questions Tuesday.

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8:41 am
Thu August 7, 2014

At McDonnell Corruption Trial: Couple Was in Love

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The woman who served as chief of staff to Virginia's former first lady says she never saw any hint of a romantic relationship between her boss and a wealthy businessman.

Mary-Shea Sutherland testified Wednesday in the public corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. They are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and secret loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

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7:43 am
Wed August 6, 2014

FBI Computer Analyst Takes Stand in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An FBI forensic computer analyst will be on the stand when the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in Richmond.

Tim Huff had just begun his testimony Tuesday when an alternate juror became ill, prompting U.S. District Judge James Spencer to adjourn court a few minutes early. Testimony resumes Wednesday.

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8:40 am
Tue August 5, 2014

No Intimacy, Says Key Witness in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The prosecution's star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified that he never had any intimate physical contact with McDonnell's wife.

Jonnie Williams said Monday that he didn't know Maureen McDonnell had any interest in him until last week. Maureen McDonnell's lawyer said in opening statements that the first lady developed a crush on Williams, who had deceived her into thinking he cared for her.

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9:12 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Limits to Generosity of Key Witness in McDonnell Corruption Trial

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The star witness in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell says there was a limit to his generosity.

On the stand yesterday Jonnie Williams said that after providing more than $150-thousand in gifts to the governor and his wife Maureen he balked at buying their daughter a car and selling Maureen McDonnell a Range Rover at a discount.

The new testimony appears to back the prosecution’s claim that it was the McDonnells who were asking for gifts and that he only gave them as a way to get access to the governor’s office.

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8:35 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Virginia Governor Restoring Voting Rights to Felons

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe's administration has restored the voting rights of more than 2,500 Virginia felons since he's been in office.

In April, McAuliffe announced that he was making it easier for felons to regain their voting rights.

As part of that action, he reduced the waiting period for violent felons to apply for reinstatement from five years to three years.

McAuliffe also removed drug offenses from the list of violent crimes that are subject to the waiting period.

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8:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Strictly Business, Says Key Witness in McDonnell's Corruption Trial

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The government's key witness in the corruption trial for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has testified that he gave McDonnell and his wife money because it was a business relationship, not because they were friends.

Jonnie Williams took the stand Wednesday afternoon under the cloak of immunity. Williams is a colorful car salesman-turned-venture capitalist and the former chief executive of Star Scientific Inc., a Virginia-based company.

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8:12 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Corruption Trial of the McDonnells Opens With a Family Twist

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.

The statement came during the couple's corruption trial.

The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.

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