By LARRY O’DELL and MATTHEW BARAKAT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The defense continues presenting its case when the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, resumes in federal court in Richmond.
Bob McDonnell’s attorneys called five witnesses to the stand Monday as the trial entered its fourth week. Four were members of McDonnell’s cabinet, and the other was director of a state tobacco commission. They testified that McDonnell never asked them to do anything to benefit nutritional supplements maker Star Scientific or its former CEO, Jonnie Williams.
The jury will hear from more defense witnesses Tuesday.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s products.
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