Juror recalls many sleepless nights during McDonnell trial

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HENRICO, Va. — Juror Kathleen Carmody said she felt there might be a hung jury a “couple of times” during jury deliberations.

However, she said the “evidence spoke for itself,” and the verdict was “necessary.”

Carmody, who lives in Glen Allen, is a project manager for the Association For Molecular Pathology in Bethesda, Maryland.

She said she had “many sleepless nights” over the past six weeks, while developing a “tremendous bond” with her fellow jurors.

Carmody said the jury painstakingly reviewed files that cluttered the deliberation room before coming to a unanimous agreement.

She added that she felt “tremendous compassion” for the McDonnell family, and it was very difficult to watch their reaction to the verdict.

“I am spritual, and I had to leave it to God’s hands,” Carmody said.

Carmody described Jonnie Williams as “charismatic and gregarious,” and said he had nothing to lose by testifying.

When asked if she believed his testimony, Carmody said Williams “had a lot of ‘I don’t recalls…a lot of things he didn’t remember.’”

Carmody described her reaction to listening to testimony about Maureen McDonnell’s alleged personal problems as “uncomfortable.”

As for Judge James Spencer, Carmody said he was “terrific and she loved him.”


  • airjackie

    To be fair Bob and Maureen were popular and after leaving office he was likely run for President. Yes he did do the things he was charged with but the decision to fight the case was agreed by both. 38 years of marriage and Maureen willing to take the blame to save her husband. Problems happen for many during the Recession. Bob was even mentioned as VP knew money was needed with the elite group he was with. If the chef had never notified the Feds, Bob and Maureen would be campaigning for the 2016 Presidential race. Pray God does forgive both for their sin as Bob should have taken the plea offered.

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