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Judge expected to rule on McDonnell case Monday

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are expected in court Monday to hear a federal judge deliver a significant ruling in the corruption case against them.

The McDonnells are facing 14 felony counts, including wire fraud and improperly receiving large sums of money and gifts from a local businessman. The couple pleaded not guilty to all charges and hope to have the charges dismissed.

Lawyers for the McDonnells argued in motions that nothing was done illegally by accepting gifts, and that politicians are allowed to receive unlimited gifts in Virginia.

Lawyers also say the fact that the two are married could potentially jeopardize testimonies, so separate trials will most likely be requested. The defense also will ask for evidence from investigations that state agencies collected as well as an expanded jury selection process.

CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone says a complete dismissal is highly unlikely.

“If there is not enough evidence presented in the courtroom, then it should be dismissed, but to do it before trial. It’s basically unheard of and it’s something I wouldn’t expect to be granted.”

The former Governor’s fall from grace in the public eye was swift.  McDonnell once boasted one of the highest approval ratings of any Governor in the country, and was on the short list for possible running mates in Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

McDonnell and his wife were indicted only a few weeks after he left office.  The former Governor has accepted a teaching position at Liberty University.

If the case goes to trial, it is scheduled to begin in July.  The decisions on the motions before the court Monday will likely set the framework for how each side will strategically handle the case moving forward.

The McDonnells are expected in court at 10 a.m. Monday.

Depend on CBS 6 News for complete coverage of this important story.

4 comments

  • airjackie

    Virginia lawmakers cleared the Governor of all charges as it is listed as a mistake accepting the thousand dollar watch and other gives for favors. The blame was shifted to Maureen who was so great as a State First Lady and even looked to maybe being a US First Lady. Now the shift is to blame Maureen and say she is unstable and really not in the position to give favors. Well this is hard as numerous State Governors are in jail for breaking this Federal law but the Bob hopes his wife can take the fall. Maureen is a good Conservative wife who is willing to lie to save her husband. All this this could have been avoided if the Governor had told the truth about bardering with the Chef at the State Mansion. Millions of tax dollars already spent for Bob and Maureen’s legal fees.

    • manalishi

      The paid pundit speaks again. None of this would have been avoided by any statement from McDonnell Despite your character spin, the medial and the investigation put the spotlight on the Govs wife.

    • athynz

      “Virginia lawmakers cleared the Governor of all charges…”

      And THAT should have been the end of it. Why are the libpros so scared of McDonnell? Why is the Federal Government pursuing this case when Virginia cleared him of all charges? And why the allegations that McDonnell is setting up his wife when – again – he was cleared of all charges?

  • Alison

    The gentlemanly thing to do would be to take the deal offered where the Gov gets one count and his wife gets off. I think they’ll see that is true in the end.

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