An attorney for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says during the couple's corruption trial that their marriage was broken and the former first lady developed a crush on a businessman who gave the McDonnells gifts and cash.
The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping promote his dietary supplements company.
Maureen McDonnell's lawyer William A. Burck said Tuesday during opening statements that the former first lady was "duped" by Williams into thinking he cared for her.
Burck said Williams also fooled the Department of Justice and has received immunity from a $10 million stock fraud investigation in exchange for testifying against the McDonnells.
The former governor's lawyers' opening statements are to follow.
A federal prosecutor says the government will prove Virginia's former governor and his wife illegally lined their pockets with gifts from a businessman who sought their influence to promote his company.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Aber delivered the government's opening statement Tuesday in Bob and Maureen McDonnell's corruption trial. Defense statements are to follow.
The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific. They are accused of accepting the gifts in exchange for helping promote his products.
Aber said Williams will testify under immunity that he initially lied to investigators when he said he was a personal friend of the McDonnells and wanted nothing in return for his generosity.
Opening statements are scheduled in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys will lay out their case for an eight-man, four-woman jury Tuesday. Jury selection took all day Monday.
The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific, in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial is expected to last at least five weeks.
The prosecution will begin presenting its case after opening statements. At some point, Williams is expected to testify under immunity as the government's star witness.
Among the possible defense witnesses are former Gov. Doug Wilder and former state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.