Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonell has been found guilty on corruption charges for exchanging money and gifts for political favors to a company that makes fraudulent health supplements. Apparently, his strategy of blaming it all on his wife because she’s just so crazy and uncontrollable wasn’t convincing for the jury.
A federal jury Thursday found former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of public corruption–sending a message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.After three days of deliberations, the seven men and five women who heard weeks of gripping testimony about the McDonnells’ alleged misdeeds acquitted the couple of several charges pending against them–but nevertheless found that they lent the prestige of the governor’s office to Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in a nefarious exchange for his largesse…
Robert McDonnell has been found guilty of 11 corruption counts. He has been found not guilty of falsifying loan documents.
Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty of 8 corruption counts as well as obstruction of justice. She has also been found not guilty of falsifying loan documents.
They could face decades in prison, but the sentence is likely to be much shorter than that. Maybe he can share a cell with Rod Blagojevich. He is the first governor in Virginia history to be convicted of corruption.