Judge to rule by Wednesday on McDonnell's expert witnesses

A ruling is expected by Wednesday on a defense request to allow expert testimony from a lawyer and a CPA in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a hour hearing on Tuesday, J. Allen Kosowsky, a certified public accountant, says he would testify that the McDonnells had a positive net worth and that Jonnie Williams Sr., former CEO of Star Scientific, benefited from government intervention in two unrelated civil suits filed against his former company.

The McDonnells’ corruption trial starts July 28. A 14-count grand jury indictment accuses them of helping Williams boost his dietary supplement Anatabloc in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

David V. Harbach, a prosecutor, said none of Kosowsky’s proposed testimony concerning the McDonnell’s finances requires an expert. “It is not helpful to the jury,” he said. The jury couild just as well assess the financial information itself.

Harbach also said that contrary to earlier representations, neither Kosowski nor White could ‘quantify” the alleged benefit Williams received as a result of the stays in the civil suits. Koswoski, by his own admission, did not take into account many factors that would go into a determination of what benefit, if any, Williams received.

Information from the Richmond Times Dispatch