RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Week two of the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is wrapping up in federal court in Richmond.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts, vacations, golf outings and secret loans from the former chief executive of a nutritional supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. The prosecution continues its case with more witnesses Friday.
Former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams testified under immunity that he lavished gifts on the McDonnells only to get their help and gain credibility for his company and its anti-inflammatory product, Anatabloc.
Williams was allowed to use the governor’s mansion to officially launch the product in 2011.