2014-08-07T141201Z_1_LYNXMPEA760S5_RTROPTP_2_USA-VIRGINIA-MCDONNELL

No trouble between Virginia ex-governor, wife says corruption trial witness

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell arrives with his legal team for his trial in RichmondBy Gary Robertson RICHMOND Va. (Reuters) – Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife Maureen had a loving relationship and there was no trouble between them, a prosecution witness in the couple’s federal corruption trial testified on Thursday. The testimony by Sarah Scarbrough, former director of the governor’s mansion, countered defense arguments that the McDonnells’ marriage was so frayed that they could not have conspired to take $165,000 in loans and gifts from a Virginia businessman. Scarbrough, a friend of one of the McDonnell’s daughters, described the couple’s relationship as “loving” and said they frequently kissed and hugged in public. The McDonnells face 14 counts of corruption and bribery for allegedly accepting the gifts and loans from businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. in exchange for supporting his former company, a dietary supplement maker now known as Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals Inc. Scarbrough testified that Maureen McDonnell was angry when she learned that Scarbrough was keeping a record of gifts to the first lady.

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