The court ruled 8-0 in overturning McDonnell’s conviction for accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and sweetheart loans for him and his wife from a wealthy Richmond businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement, finding that it did not constitute a criminal act under federal bribery law.
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted Thursday of doing favors for a Florida businessman in return for $177,000 in cash, loans, and gifts, according to media reports. After 17 hours of deliberation, the jury of seven men and five women convicted Bob and Maureen McDonnell […]
By Timothy M. Phelps, Tribune Washington Bureau RICHMOND, Va. — Government prosecutors got their first chance to cross-examine former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday, suggesting that his dire need for cash was the driving force behind his questionable relationship with a local millionaire. McDonnell has insisted that his financial problems have been overstated, testifying […]
By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times RICHMOND, Va. — It is the kind of corruption that would attract attention even from jaded voters in places like Illinois or Louisiana, with long-established records of shady government dealings. But for Virginians, who have enjoyed generations of relative purity in state government, the spectacle in federal court here […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times It was Marilyn Monroe who famously noted that it was better to be unhappy alone than to be unhappy with someone — advice that was seemingly ignored by Virginia’s once-golden couple, former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who are on trial on corruption charges. The trial resumed […]
After leaving office earlier this month, former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) has moved on to a much hotter seat: The Republican politician is now facing a 14-count felony indictment, two decades in jail, and thousands of dollars in fines. And he is not going down alone; McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, is included in the 43-page […]
Washington (AFP) – Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, once talked of as a Republican vice presidential pick, was indicted for corruption, charged with procuring loans and luxury gifts in exchange for favors. McDonnell, who led the state from 2010 until January 11, and wife Maureen were charged with 14 felony counts, including wire fraud and […]
Less than two weeks after leaving office, former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife Maureen were indicted Tuesday on 14 felony charges related to the Star Scientific scandal that clouded the latter stages of his governorship. The indictment, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia, accuses the governor and […]