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McDonnell Guilty of 11 Corruption Counts

Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty of public corruption by a federal jury. The seven men and five women jury found that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to Jonnie R. Williams Sr. golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.

The verdict means that Mr McDonnell, who was already the first governor in Virginia history to be charged with a crime, now holds an even more unwanted distinction: the first ever to be convicted of one. He and his wife face decades in federal prison, though their actual sentence could fall well short of that. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 6, 2015. [The Washington Post, 4 Sep 2014]

Out of the 14 counts of corruption, Mr McDonnell was guilty of 11 counts. His wife, Maureen, was guilty of 8 counts (see graphic illustration). The former first couple were indicted in 21 Jan 2014, 10 days after Mr McDonnell concluded his four-year term in office. The defense attorneys noted, Williams was testifying with generous immunity agreements. Williams spilling the beans, indicates that Mr McDonnell failed to deliver his part of the bargain.
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Indicted On Corruption Charges

The former Republican governor and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges stemming from their acceptance of gifts from a Virginia donor.

Federal authorities charged former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife with illegally accepting gifts from a Virginia donor in exchange for helping promote the donor’s business.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted on 14 counts in a Richmond federal court, the Washington Post reported.

The McDonnells accepted more than $165,000 in loans and gifts, including a Rolex inscribed personally for Bob McDonnell, from Jonnie R. Williams Sr. The McDonnells promoted Williams’ business, and helped Williams meet with Virginia officials.

The couple was informed late last year they were going to be indicted, but authorities later deferred the decision about whether to indict to the new year.

McDonnell, a Republican, was elected in 2009 and concluded his single term this month.