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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – U.S. District Judge James Spencer had a message for federal prosecutors and lawyers representing former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen — “Get to it.”

Judge Spencer admonished both sides during a motions hearing at the federal courthouse in downtown Richmond Tuesday. He said they needed to quit bickering and come together to fix problems they have in the procedural aspects of trying and defending such a unique case.

Judge Spencer denied a request by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s lawyers for federal prosecutors to give them more information about former Star Scientific CEO Johnny Williams.

Gov. McDonnell and his wife were indicted in connection to their relationship Williams. In January, the McDonnells entered not guilty pleas to federal charges that they accepted illegal gifts while in office.

Dozens of motions have been filed within the last week, and some of them revealed more about the possible means of defense the McDonnells plan to use in court, including referencing activities of other former governors, and potentially implicating former staffers.


  • manalishi

    What kind of commie kangaroo court denies evidence to the defense?? I’m not exactly a mcdonnell fan but activists judges are a disgrace

    • athynz

      What can you expect? This whole thing is nothing more than a liberal progressive witch hunt anyhow. What is it about McDonnell that strikes so much fear in the hearts of the liberal progressives in the federal government?

      • Manalishi.

        I personally have a much larger problem with the bi-partisan transportation scam than i do the small potatoes gift gate. So far under the new regime, we have had 3 quid pro quo appointees that still pale to Jones stadium screwjob. This activist judge is afraid that anything may be exculpatory.

    • David

      Dumb & Dumber, Pete & Roger. Fantastic! When you elucidate all of the legal and political points no one else can determine be sure to inform Fox News.

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