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Outcome of McDonnell corruption trial may hinge on couple’s alleged marital woes

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The McDonnells’ defense teams argue their marriage was too broken for them to conspire.

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McDonnell trial puts focus on unlimited gifts to Va. elected officials

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Some legislators expect the closely watched case to inspire even tougher standards than recent reforms.

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McDonnell prosecutor: ‘This is corruption. The real thing’

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In closing arguments, Robert F. McDonnell’s attorneys say that the government’s star witness lied.

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McDonnell defense rests with details of a sad and troubled marriage

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The defense rests in the corruption trial of Virginia’s former first couple with an intimate view from inside.

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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.