Judge denies Maureen and Bob McDonnell new trial, acquits Maureen of one charge

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RICHMOND, Va. — One charge dropped for Virginia’s former first lady Maureen McDonnell.

A federal judge acquitted the former first lady of an obstruction of justice charge today, but denied her and former governor Robert McDonnell a chance at a new trial.

The charge stemmed over a letter she sent after returning dresses given to her by Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

In September, the McDonnell’s were convicted of federal corruption charges. Prosecutors argued they promoted Star Scientific business in exchange for favors from Williams.

The McDonnell’s can appeal the denial. Maureen’s attorney, Bill Burke, did not respond to CBS 6 request for comment.


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