RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell was found guilty on 11 corruption charges; his wife, Maureen, was found guilty of 9 of 13.
McDonnell and his wife were charged in a 14-count indictment with doing special favors for Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The defense sought to convince the jury that the couple could not have conspired because they were barely speaking.
McDonnell is a onetime national Republican up-and-comer who was considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He testified in his own defense and denied criminal wrongdoing.
Williams testified under immunity as the prosecution's star witness.
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