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Ties probed between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, donor

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The FBI is asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the governor has taken that may have boosted the company.

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Early federal sentencing recommendation for McDonnell: At least 10 years in prison

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

Had the former Va. governor taken an early plea deal, he could have faced up to a 3-year term or just probation.

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McDonnell team sought mistrial over juror’s ouster, expressed concern about alternate

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

It thought that Louis DeNitto Jr. was on its side and worried about a replacement’s drowsy behavior.

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McAuliffe’s new Virginia ethics panel meets for first time

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

It weighed post-scandal reforms, including accelerating plans to study nonpartisan redistricting.

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Judge allows Maureen McDonnell sentencing to be rescheduled to Feb. 20

Former Virginia first lady will now be sentenced on Feb. 20. Former governor will be sentenced on Jan. 6.

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Donations to McDonnell defense fund during trial less than during quarters before

(Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

Contributions during the former governor’s trial were less than during the two quarters before it.

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Lawyers in McDonnell trial spar over juror’s dismissal

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

The ex-Va. governor is arguing that the circumstances around it provide grounds for a new trial.

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Feds: McDonnell doesn’t deserve new trial

(Steve Helber / AP)

Proceedings against ex-Va. governor appropriate, prosecutors say; dismissed juror part of new trial bid.

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Court releases detailed questionnaire that McDonnell jurors had to fill out before trial

(Marvin Joseph / The Washington Post)

A judge released the questionnaire and will likely release the answers once personal details are scrubbed.

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Excused McDonnell juror might have changed history

Man excused from panel on trial’s 12th day said he would have likely argued against conviction.

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How the federal corruption case against the McDonnells came together

(Steve Helber / Associated Press)

The federal case against the couple took months to build and could have ended with a plea agreement.