Bob McDonnell & Wife Found Guilty of Corruption, Face Decades Behind Bars
4 yrs ago bob mcdonnell gave the gop's response to the state of the union. pic.twitter.com/Gz7B6hCJ2n
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) September 4, 2014
Bob McDonnell and his wife found guilty on almost all charges of
corruption public corruption and bribery.
Sentencing scheduled on January 6, 2015 (10:00am ET)
Local news feed:
The McDonnell family, including former governor, sobbing in court.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) September 4, 2014
Prosecutors claimed the former first couple had an “unconscionable amount” of credit card debt and presented testimony that they were eager to accept gifts from [Jonnie] Williams, including a $6,500 Rolex watch that Maureen gave Bob for Christmas, a vacation at Williams’ luxurious home on Smith Mountain Lake outside Roanoke, use of Williams’ Ferrari and a shopping spree for designer clothes and accessories for Maureen.
Testimony showed Williams loaned $50,000 to Maureen McDonnell that she used to pay down credit debt in 2011. He also loaned $50,000 and $20,000 to MoBo Real Estate, a small company that Bob McDonnell and one of his sisters ran to operate two beach properties.
Prosecutors also said Williams paid $15,000 in catering expenses when one of the McDonnells’ daughters got married. And they claimed Maureen had developed a close relationship with Williams, exchanging more than 1,200 texts and calls over a nearly two-year period, including 52 in one day.
Williams was granted immunity for his dealings with the McDonnells and possible securities fraud violations, which had been investigated by a separate grand jury. He testified that he spent lavishly on the McDonnells to secure their help promoting and obtaining state-backed research for Star Scientific’s tobacco-derived anti-inflammatory supplement, Anatabloc. Williams intended to share the results of that research with doctors to gain their support of the product.
From the New York Times:
At issue was whether the McDonnells accepted the largess with corrupt intent. They were not forbidden under Virginia ethics laws from taking the $120,000 in undocumented loans from Mr. Williams, nor the goodies he bestowed – a custom golf bag and Rolex for the governor, Armani dresses for the first lady, a $15,000 check for their daughter’s wedding at a time the first couple owed $31,000 on their credit cards and were hemorrhaging money on beachfront property.
The defense argued that actions Mr. McDonnell took on behalf of Mr. Williams’s company, Star Scientific, the maker of the supplement Anatabloc, were mere political courtesies. The former governor testified that he gave Mr. Williams “the bare, basic, routine access to government and nothing more.”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorpNBC) September 4, 2014