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McDonnells Go Down On Nearly All Felony Counts



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Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen were found guilty on most charges today in the conclusion of their felony corruption trial. Bob McDonnell, who was convicted on 11 out of 13 counts, becomes the first governor in Old Dominion history to be convicted of crimes related to his office. Maureen McDonnell was found guilty on nine out of 13 counts.

The Washington Post’s Mark Berman provides a handy chart of the convictions:

Count 1: Conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 2: Honest services wire fraud: $15,000 wedding check

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 3: Honest services wire fraud: MoBo $50,000

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 4: Honest services wire fraud: MoBo $20,000

Maureen G. McDonnell: Not guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 5: Conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 6: Obtaining property under color of official right: $50,000 in 2011 to MGM

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 7: Obtaining property under color of official right: $15,000 wedding check

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 8: Obtaining property under color of official right: $2,380 Kinloch 5/29/2011

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 9: Obtaining property under color of official right: $1,424 Kinloch 1/7/2012

Maureen G. McDonnell: Not guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 10: Obtaining property under color of official right: $50,000 MoBo

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 11: Obtaining property under color of official right: $20,000 MoBo

Maureen G. McDonnell: Not guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 12: False statement to Townebank on 10/03/2012

Maureen G. McDonnell: N/A

Robert F. McDonnell: Guilty

Count 13: False statement to PenFed on 02/01/2013

Maureen G. McDonnell: Not guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: Not guilty

Count 14: Obstruction of an official proceeding

Maureen G. McDonnell: Guilty

Robert F. McDonnell: N/A

“Both McDonnells sobbed openly, but quietly as the verdicts were read,” the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. “Family members and supporters also wept openly.”

Trial observers had expected the McDonnells to skate on most of the charges other than those related to false statements made in obtaining loans, so the heavy conviction numbers come as a surprise. Although the charges (which involved $177,000 in gifts and loans from a dietary-supplement purveyor who agreed to testify for the prosecution in exchange for criminal immunity) were relatively light in the scale of American political corruption, and the case was brought by the heavily politicized Holder Justice Department against a former GOP governor, McDonnell’s plight generated little sympathy even from Republicans. The McDonnells’ self-abasing legal defense strategy was off-putting even for supporters, and it served as a cap on an unimpressive tenure as chief executive of a severely overtaxed and over-regulated state that remains heavily dependent on the federal government jobs and support, despite retaining the motto Sic Semper Tyrannis.

The McDonnells will be sentenced in January.


Tags: Virginia , Bob McDonnell


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