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At the McDonnell trial, sidewalk visuals drive home the same point as testimony

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Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, come and go separately — reinforcing through visuals the testimony about their crumbling marriage.

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Ex-Va. governor Robert McDonnell again says he promised no favors for gifts

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The former Va. governor concluded his testimony after nearly 24 hours on the witness stand.

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Prosecutor spars with McDonnell during questioning

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The corruption trial of the former governor was expected to turn on his cross-examination.

Bob McDonnell says he was blindsided by his wife on today’s cover

The former Virginia governor tries to sway the jury in his public corruption trial.

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McDonnell judge presides with humor and impatience

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Judge James R. Spencer keeps questioning moving in the former Virginia governor’s corruption trial

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Bob McDonnell courts jurors with narrative of a micromanager blindsided by his wife

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Former Virginia governor’s strategy of showcasing his marital strife carries significant risk, legal observers say.

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McDonnell maintains he did nothing illegal, but acknowledges negotiating loans

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Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell testified that he ironed out the details of a $50,000 loan.

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McDonnell describes a marriage unraveling during his rise to power

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In second day on the stand, ex-Va. governor testifies he was blindsided by gifts and loans made to his wife.

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McDonnell says his wife struggled with her new role as Virginia’s first lady

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The former Virginia governor takes the witness stand, insisting he gave Star Scientific and Jonnie Williams Sr. nothing other than routine access to government.

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Maureen McDonnell could be ‘sweet’ or ‘deceptive,’ her sister-in-law testifies

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Robert McDonnell’s sister testified about her relationship with her sister-in-law and the first couple’s finances.