Attorneys for both Bob and Maureen McDonnell rested their cases Wednesday in the ongoing corruption trial of the former Virginia governor and his wife. The trial has gone 23 days now with Maureen McDonnell’s team needing only one day to make their case. One witness left the jury with one of the more memorable moments of the trial.
April Niamtu told the story of a trip she took with Mrs, McDonnell and Jonnie Williams to California. Her testimony was colorful but frustrating for prosecutors. They frequently objected, citing hearsay. At one point Niamtu replied, “It’s not hearsay, I was there!” that’s when judge James Spencer warned, “It is hearsay and I am the one who decides.”
The end is in sight,” said the former governor as he entered court. “And that is good for all of us. But we aren’t done yet.”
The prosecution will have one final rebuttal witness today, then the judge plans to give the jury the afternoon off so the two sides can hammer out final motions and charges. Closing arguments could come as soon as Friday.