Jury deliberates second day in ethics trial of Virginia ex-governor

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – A federal court jury ended a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict on Wednesday in the trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, who is accused of accepting bribes from a businessman to endorse his healthcare products. A 14-count indictment charges that McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, who have been living separately during the trial and say they are estranged, received $177,000 in sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from dietary supplement entrepreneur Jonnie Williams Sr. In exchange, the indictment says, McDonnell and his wife conspired to use the governor’s office to promote Williams’ company and its leading brand, the anti-inflammatory medication Anatabloc. District Judge James Spencer told jurors that those involved in a conspiracy did not have to be successful for the conspiracy to have occurred. He also instructed them that Maureen McDonnell, even though a private citizen in her role as first lady, could still be convicted of acting as a conspirator.

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