Closing arguments set in former Va. governor trial

RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 28:  Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (C) arrives for his trial at U.S. District Court with members of his legal team August 28, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. McDonnell and his wife Maureen are on trial for accepting gifts, vacations and loans from a Virginia businessman in exchange for helping his company, Star Scientific.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) (Win McNamee, 2014 Getty Images)
Bob McDonnell Corruption Trial Continues (Win McNamee, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/29 8:17 am

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers will sum up the case for the jury Friday. The five-week trial featured the testimony of the former governor and the prosecution's star witness, wealthy vitamin entrepreneur Jonnie Williams. Maureen McDonnell did not testify.

The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company's supposed cure-all, the tobacco-derived anti-inflammatory Anatabloc. They could face decades in prison if convicted.

Williams testified under immunity that he spent lavishly on the McDonnells only to secure their help.

Bob McDonnell said Williams never really asked for anything and didn't get anything other than routine political courtesies.

 

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