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Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell wades through several members of the media after being found guilty of corruption at the federal courthouse in Richmond on Thursday. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell wades through several members of the media after being found guilty of corruption at the federal courthouse in Richmond on Thursday. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Jurors in the public corruption trial of former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have found the couple guilty of several corruption counts. The McDonnells faced a 14-count indictment that alleged that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to a Richmond area businessman and that, in exchange, the businessman lavished them with gifts and money.

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Verdict expected in court shortly

After 17½ hours of deliberations, the jurors in the McDonnell trial have reached a verdict.

The verdict is expected to be read in court shortly. The decision will bring to a close a trial that seemed to grip the nation since it began in July with the shocking claim by defense attorneys that the McDonnells’ marriage was shattered, and that would be a core element of their attempt to beat the charges.

The proceedings that followed over the next five weeks at times resembled a soap opera, as the McDonnells endured a humiliating dissection of their relationship amid unflattering allegations about the lavish lifestyle supplied by businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Jurors heard from 67 witnesses, including Williams and the former governor, who took the stand in his own defense for nearly 24 hours over several days.

Matthew Zapotosky
September 4, 2:30 pm
  • Matthew Zapotosky September 4, 2:30 pm

Statistics on the case

The McDonnells are now gathering with their lawyers to hear the verdict of the jury in the federal corruption trial of the former Virginia governor and his wife.

Some statistics about the case so far:

  • The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for more than 17 hours over three days. They submitted not a single question to the judge that could be used to discern the direction of their conversations.
  • The jury heard testimony from 67 witnesses over five weeks — 48 for the prosecution and 19 for the defense, of whom 15 testified for Robert F. McDonnell and four for Maureen McDonnell.
  • Businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. spent 15 hours on the witness stand, spread over parts of four days.
  • Bob McDonnell spent 24 hours on the witness stand, spread over five days. Of that time, 8.5 hours was cross-examination by prosecutors. The rest came as he answered questions from his own lawyers or those for his wife.
  • The couple jointly face 14 counts. They each face 13. Of those, 11 are corruption related. They share one count of lying on financial documents related to omitting liabilities from Williams on a loan application submitted on Feb. 1, 2013. Bob McDonnell is charged alone with a second count of lying on financial documents stemming from a personal financial statement he submitted to a bank on Oct. 3, 2012. Maureen McDonnell is charged alone with one count of obstruction of justice, related to returning a box of clothes Jonnie had purchased for her in March 2013, along with a note in which prosecutors allege she falsely indicates he loaned them to her. That was after her interview by Virginia State Police.
Rosalind S. Helderman
September 4, 2:32 pm
  • Rosalind S. Helderman September 4, 2:32 pm

McDonnell gifts list

As we await the verdict in the McDonnell trial, now might be a good opportunity to revisit some of the case’s other details.

Here is an interactive depicting the gifts that the McDonnells received from businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

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Mark Berman
September 4, 2:34 pm
  • Mark Berman September 4, 2:34 pm

Looking at the indictment, timeline

The jury’s verdict will be read aloud in the courtroom shortly. In the meantime, here are two key resources to help you catch up on how we got here:

  • The indictment: Filed in January, the indictment runs down the counts facing the McDonnells — jointly and alone — as well as the history of the relationship between Robert F. and Maureen McDonnell and businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
  • The timeline: This runs down the history of the trial, from jury selection on through to the jury deliberations.
Mark Berman
September 4, 2:49 pm
  • Mark Berman September 4, 2:49 pm
Mark Berman
September 4, 2:51 pm
  • Mark Berman September 4, 2:51 pm

McDonnells walk to the courthouse

Robert F. McDonnell walked a half block down Broad Street in front of the courthouse, arm in arm with his son Bobby and alongside his sister Eileen with the priest trailing. The serene-looking former governor repeatedly said, “Okay, thank you all,” when asked how he was doing by the gaggle of press and cameramen surrounding him and his supporters.

The group was followed in quick succession by Maureen McDonnell and her entourage. She held hands with her daughters, stared straight ahead and said nothing.

— Jenna R. Portnoy

Mark Berman
September 4, 2:58 pm
  • Mark Berman September 4, 2:58 pm

McDonnells found guilty on at least one charge

Mark Berman
September 4, 2:59 pm
  • Mark Berman September 4, 2:59 pm

Robert McDonnell guilty on 11 counts

Robert F. McDonnell has been found guilty of 11 counts — all corruption charges.

Rosalind S. Helderman
September 4, 3:04 pm
  • Rosalind S. Helderman September 4, 3:04 pm

Maureen McDonnell guilty on eight corruption counts

Maureen McDonnell guilty on eight corruption counts and obstruction of justice.

Rosalind S. Helderman
September 4, 3:04 pm
  • Rosalind S. Helderman September 4, 3:04 pm

Guilty on corruption, not guilty on falsifying loan documents

Robert F. McDonnell has been found guilty of 11 corruption counts. He was acquitted of falsifying loan documents.

Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty of eight corruption counts as well as obstruction of justice. She has also been found not guilty of falsifying loan documents.

The McDonnell family is sobbing in the courtroom.

Rosalind S. Helderman
September 4, 3:06 pm
  • Rosalind S. Helderman September 4, 3:06 pm
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