Ex-Virginia Gov. McDonnell guilty on 11 corruption charges; wife, Maureen, guilty of 9 of 13

RICHMOND, VA - SEPTEMBER 04:  Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell (2nd R) leaves U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with his son Bobby (R) on the third day of deliberations of his corruption trial September 4, 2014, in Richmond, Virginia. McDonnell and his wife Maureen are on trial for accepting gifts, vacations and loans from a Virginia businessman in exchange for helping his company.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) (Alex Wong, 2014 Getty Images)
Corruption Trial Of Former Virginia Governor McDonnell And His Wife Continues In Richmond (Alex Wong, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 9/04 1:41 pm

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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