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McDonnells don’t acknowledge each other in court; want witness to testify

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RICHMOND, Va. -- Two weeks before former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen go on trial for corruption, the couple's case went before a federal court judge in Richmond.

Judge James Spencer will soon decide if some well-known Virginians will be allowed to testify as experts on behalf of the former first couple.

Thursday, Attorney Peter White, took the stand. The McDonnell legal team wants White to testity how Jonnie Williams (the prosecution's star witness) beneifted from his immunity deal struck with federal investigators in a seperate SEC investigation.

White admitted he is being paid by the McDonnell legal team $490 dollars an hour to be an expert witness. He says he has bill them about six or seven hours so far.

Legal analysts believe White's testimony could undermine what Williams is expected to say at trial.

US Attorney Michael Dry questioned White's credibility to testify as an expert witness saying that if he is allowed it will create a "sideshow."

Williams is the donor who gave the McDonnell's hundreds of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans. The prosecution says they were given in a corruption scheme. The McDonnell's say Williams got nothing for the generoisty.

Apart from what happened in court, the McDonnell's arrived seperately in court for the first time. While they left in the same vehicle, they did not acknowledge each other in the courtroom - a sharp difference from what they did in previous hearings where they were often seen hand in hand.

The McDonnells will return to court Tuesday to argue for another witness's credibility.

Their trial is slated to begin July 28th.

"The judge is the gatekeeper and makes the decision about what is relevant and admissible and proper expert testimony," CBS 6 legal analyst Todd Stone said.


  • Robbie

    Another Democrat on the take! Oh wait, Bob and his lovely money spending wife are Republicans. They’ve got to be innocent then!

  • Glen Allen

    I wonder how many readers here could afford to pay someone $490/hour in addition to the lawyer fees?

  • Kenny Powers

    Sponge Bob and Mo Money ain’t paying those bills, they are broker than an ex-pro athlete. Even if they beat the charges, he will be lucky if he can even land a job teaching creationism and Old Testament torts at that joke of a law school he went to in VB.

  • airjackie

    This plan will likely not work with the evidence turned over by Star CEO. Bob tried to blame his wife and said she was not stable but the failed. To bad he did not take a plea agreement he could be hired to make millions working on the Congress fake scandals and the lawsuit against Obama. Ken is locked in to make some of that taxpayers money Speaker Boehner is giving out.

  • Survivor

    McDonnell, the clown is again trying to use his circus tricks. Typical of republican tactic. Thede are the type of antics they pull. By the way, when is the clown goig to reimburse the State for the legal fees the people paid thru his manipulation? These are the kind of people & group Mana…..joke loves. Whats the difference between him & a street robber??? Oh thats right he’s in a shirt & tie thief; better known as a republican. LOL:)

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