Jury returning to work in former Va governor trial


Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Jurors have deliberated about 13 hours over two days without reaching a verdict in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

They’ll return to federal court in Richmond on Thursday to continue examining a massive amount of testimony and other evidence from a trial that’s now in its sixth week.

The McDonnells are 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 $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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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