Former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell For Commonwealth Of Virginia Guilty Of Corruption Charges, Highlight Hollywood News

Bob McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell
A federal trial which the defense devolved into a filthy soap opera, essentially calling his wife a slut for money, and he was the innocent hero leading a double life  inside the governor’s mansion ended in the harsh light of a jury convicting former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on multiple public corruption charges Thursday.  Not only is this the first Governor in Virginia charged with corruption or any charges, but the first defense attempt to throw his wife under a bus, and the jury seemed to not like this tactic.

Jurors rejected a defense built on assertions the couple was barely speaking when Bob McDonnell was in office and that they could not possibly have conspired to trade access to their power for $165,000 in loans and luxury gifts.

 

The largess was courtesy of a businessman, the prosecution’s star witness, who was seeking to win backing from the powerful couple for one of his company’s nutritional supplements.

 

 

The former governor was found guilty on 11 of 13 federal charges, his wife on nine of 13. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 6.

 

 

The jury deliberated about 18 hours over three days without a single question, despite the complicated nature of the evidence and indictment. After the verdicts were read and family members wept in the courtroom, the McDonnells left separately.

 

 

The ex-governor, a onetime political star who soared to hold the same office as Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry and was touted in Republican circles as a possible running mate for 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, walked into a witness waiting room. Maureen McDonnell came out later, hugging one of her daughters while weeping loudly, and went into a separate waiting room.

 

 

Federal prosecutor Dana Boente told reporters outside the courthouse in Richmond that this was a ‘sad day for the Commonwealth” with a former governor guilty of corruption. “When public officials turn to financial gain for official acts we have no choice but to prosecute,” Boente said.

 

 

Among the charges detailed in the 14-count public corruption indictment were wire fraud, conspiracy and obtaining property under color of their official offices.

Maureen McDonnell was charged with obstructing the government’s public corruption investigation. The former governor also was charged with making a false statement to a financial institution during a mortgage loan refinancing application, when he neglected to include liabilities he owed to businessman and campaign donor Jonnie Williams.

 

 

The jury acquitted the McDonnells on false-statement charges related to financial institutions.

 

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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