RICHMOND, Va.- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell refused to even consider a jury of his peers could find him guilty after closing arguments wrapped up Friday.
“I’ve never felt anything different than faith in my innocence…I’m obviously glad it’s over, I just have to wait for the jury to do its work,” McDonnell said.
McDonnell showed a range of emotions in court on the 25th day of the trial, starting with obvious concern after the prosecution rested it’s case.
CBS 6 Political analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth noted McDonnell’s face looked “ashen.”
“The prosecutors really, for the first time in their closing statements, connected a lot of dots suggesting Jonnie Williams and Bob McDonnell had a corrupt bargain,” Holsworth said.
But after his defense team once again argued McDonnell did nothing wrong, we saw tears fall from the former governor’s face.
“I think that was in thankfulness to the manner in which defense attorney Hank Asbill vigorously defended his reputation,” Holsworth said.
Now the jury will have a long weekend to think about everything they heard over the last 25 days before beginning deliberations
“I think they come in with some general opinion about whether Bob and Maureen McDonnell were in the right or the wrong, but at the same time they’re going to have to apply that general opinion to the specifics of the law on Tuesday,” Holsworth said.
A long process sure to be on the mind of the entire McDonnell family – as much as they try to avoid it this Labor Day weekend.
“I wont be watching TV,” McDonnell said.