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A Virginia Jury came back with a verdict in the case of Ex-Gov Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. Guilty! And this works out well, since Bob McDonnell's defense was that he and Maureen were estranged anyway. Now they can have separate jails.
From Business Insider
McDonnell was widely considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He was charged with doing favors for a wealthy vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The 14 counts stemmed from their acceptance of gifts, luxury vacations, and large loans from Jonnie Williams Sr., then-CEO of Star Scientific.
. . . Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of “guiltys” kept coming from court clerk. Bob McDonnell was found guilty on counts 1-11. His wife was found guilty on counts 1-3, 5-8, 10, and 14.
Bob McDonnell, leaving the courthouse: "All I can say is my trust belongs in the Lord." http://t.co/IbxgAQU7V1— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) September 4, 2014
More: As the 8th guilty count was read, McDonnell buried face in hands. By the end, he was slumped in his chair, still crying. h/t @mattzap— Amy Gardner (@AmyEGardner) September 4, 2014
McDonnell jurors speak out about decision they said was clear but heart wrenching. One cried on way home from court. http://t.co/Sd8XDVwNW3— Rosalind Helderman (@PostRoz) September 5, 2014
From the Washington Post
RICHMOND — A federal jury on Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption — sending an emphatic message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free-spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.
. . . The verdict means that Robert McDonnell, the first governor in Virginia history to be charged with a crime, now holds an even more unwanted distinction — the first to be convicted of one.
He and his wife face decades in federal prison, although their actual sentences are likely to fall well short of that. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 6.
Who would have guessed that the "My Wife Is An Evil Hosebeast" Defense would not be an effective way to sway a jury? #McDonnell— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) September 4, 2014
I CAN SEE YOUUU YOUR BROWN SKIN SHININ' IN THE SUN YOU GOT THAT TOP PULLED DOWN AND THAT RADIO ON, BAAABY! pic.twitter.com/S9yA8SgyY3— Josélito (@60th_Street) September 4, 2014
Remember when Bob McDonnell read his bible in court to make people feel sorry for him? LOLOLOLOLOLOL— Carrie Bellatrix (@CarrieBellatrix) September 4, 2014
Old #McDonnell had a scam, E-I-E-I-Uh-oh... ♫— Mickey Bruce (@mickeybruce25) September 5, 2014
This is a very bad day....for mandatory transvaginal probes.— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) September 4, 2014
Ahahahahahaha Bob McDonell ahahahahahahaha!!!!— Chelle (@chellegaylor24) September 4, 2014
The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. "Less corrupt than the former Governor of Virginia." #McDonnell— Stay Puft (@staypuft) September 4, 2014