Jury deliberations begin in corruption 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) – Jury deliberations began on Tuesday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, who are charged with accepting sweetheart loans and lavish gifts from a businessman. The jury of seven men and five women began deciding the fate of McDonnell and Virginia’s former first lady, Maureen McDonnell, both 60, after receiving instructions from U.S. McDonnell and his wife face a 14-count indictment charging they accepted $177,000 in loans and gifts from dietary supplement entrepreneur Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for using the governor’s office to promote Williams’ company and its main product, the anti-inflammatory Anatabloc. If convicted on all charges, the McDonnells could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and be ordered to pay hefty fines.

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