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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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
Bob and Maureen McDonnell found guilty on at least one corruption charge
— Rachel Weiner (@rachelweinerwp) September 4, 2014
Robert F. McDonnell has been found guilty of 11 counts — all corruption charges.
Maureen McDonnell guilty on eight corruption counts and obstruction of justice.
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.