Thursday, September 4, 2014

FORMER VIRGINIA GOVERNOR MCDONNELL RULED GUILTY OF CORRUPTION

The wait is over Virginia, and the verdict is in for the trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen.

Jurors found Bob and Maureen McDonnell guilty of multiple federal charges of corruption and conspiracy.  Bob McDonnell was found guilty on 11 0f 13 charges.  Maureen on 9 charges of corruption and obstruction of justice.

McDonnell attorney Henry Asbill was quick to comment, 
"The fight is far from over." 
Asbill continued stating he was disappointed and "did not expect" the decision of the jurors.  The attorney reassured reporters they would appeal the decision.

Federal Court Judge James Spencer set January 6, 2015, for sentencing for the McDonnells.  Federal jail time for corruption and obstruction is significant.  The McDonnells could face decades of imprisonment.  Although sentencing proceedings may curtail the maximum incarceration.

The decision brings to a close a long trial.  Over the past 5 weeks jurors heard 67 witnesses.  And, reviewed thousands of documents and evidence presented in Federal District Court in Richmond.

The feds granted immunity to the central figure of the trial, Jonnie Williams, Sr.  Williams provided gifts and cash directly to the McDonnell's.  Williams is the CEO of Star Scientific, a nutrition and supplement company implicated in the trial.

Federal prosecutors circled the wagons to bring down the McDonnells.  The gift of a Rolex watch, dresses for Maureen and over $170,000 in favorable loans and cash were all evidence used to pin the guilty verdict on the former Governor and wife.

Bob McDonnell is the first Virginia Governor to be indicted and convicted in the court of law.

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