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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are receiving fewer gifts in the wake of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's prosecution on corruption charges.

The Virginia Public Access Project released an analysis of financial disclosure forms Monday showing that the number of gifts to lawmakers dropped by 27 percent from 2013 to 2014.

The decline was more pronounced among Republican lawmakers than Democrats.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked a judge for mercy for his wife, as well as himself, before being sentenced to two years in prison for public corruption.

It was a much lighter sentence than prosecutors wanted. And legal experts say it likely foreshadows similar treatment for Maureen McDonnell when she's sentenced next month for her role in the bribery scandal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has lowered the sentencing guideline range for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to about 6  1/2 years to 8 years in federal prison for his public corruption convictions.
 
The U.S. Probation Office had calculated a range of 10 to 12 years, which prosecutors agreed with.
 
U.S. District Judge James Spencer said Tuesday that an "obstruction of justice" enhancement shouldn't count toward those guidelines, saying McDonnell shouldn't be punished for giving testimony that the jury did not believe.
 

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will find out today what his sentence will be after being convicted of public corruption.

McDonnell was found guilty last September on 11 of 13 federal counts including trading access to the  governorship for more than $165-thousand in loans and expensive gifts.

Nearly 450 letters have been sent to the judge attesting to McDonnell’s integrity and asking for mercy.

His wife,  Maureen, who was tried along with him was also convicted on 9 of 13 counts filed against her.

One of those convictions was later dropped.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A jury has been selected for the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife.

The jury of eight men and four women was seated Monday evening for the trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell. Opening statements are set for Tuesday.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been released on their own recognizance in their federal corruption case.
 
U.S. Magistrate Judge David Novak on Friday also ordered the McDonnells not to leave the country. The former governor's lawyer says the couple already have surrendered their passports.
 
The former Republican governor and his wife were indicted on 14 counts Tuesday after a lengthy federal investigation of his relationship with a former CEO of a dietary supplement maker.
 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is doing his court-ordered community service at a local food bank.

Bruce Michalec, executive director of the Anne Arundel County Food Bank in Crownsville, confirmed Leopold's work there to The Capital of Annapolis.

The 70-year-old Leopold, who served 30 days in jail, was ordered to complete 400 hours of community service after he was convicted in January for misconduct in office.

Officials say Leopold has until December to complete his community service.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - John Leopold's resignation as Anne Arundel county executive isn't the end of his legal troubles.

Leopold is still facing civil discrimination lawsuits from two former county employees who say they were wrongfully fired.

A judge last week found Leopold guilty of misconduct in office for using his security detail to perform political campaign activities while on the job and for making staffers empty his urine catheter bag. Leopold resigned after the verdict.

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