McDonnell and Wife Convicted on Corruption Charges

A federal jury in Richmond today found former governor Bob McDonnell guilty on 11 corruption-related counts.  Former first lady Maureen McDonnell, whom the ex-governor had blamed for taking money from a dietary-supplement tycoon seeking favors, was convicted on eight counts of corruption and one of obstruction of justice.

Bob McDonnell reportedly buried his face in his hands and began weeping as the first guilty verdict was read.

During the five-week trial jurors heard testimony from 67 witnesses, including the ex-governor. In closing arguments, lead prosecutor Michael Dry dismissed the former governor’s so-called Crazy Wife Defense, arguing that McDonnell was trying to “throw his wife under the bus” to save his own skin.

Sentencing is set for January 6, 2015.  Lawyers for the defendants plan to appeal the conviction.

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