Judge denies motions to acquit McDonnells

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- The jury was off, but both McDonnells, the defendants were still at court on Friday. The former governor answered a few questions, and called the whole experience "crushing".

McDonnell said that " I've had 38 years in public service and public life I've given my entire professional adult life to serving the people of the United States in the army and serving the people of Virginia in many different jobs, so obviously, this is crushing to be a defendant in a criminal case".

The judge denied all motions to dismiss charges against Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife in their federal corruption trial in Richmond.

This is day 15 of the trial. The prosecution rested its case on Thursday. The defense is expected to present its case on Monday.

Friday, attorneys for Bob McDonnell made their case for dismissal. "Supreme Court has said not every action a public official makes on the job is an official act," the defense argued. The defense added, "Supreme Court has said mere access is not corruption."

On the bank fraud charge, the defense said, "The liabilities of Mrs. McDonnell and the liability of MoBo [Realty] are not the liabilities of Mr. McDonnell."

Maureen McDonnell's attorneys argued that she is not a public official. "Our client rises or falls on rule 29 motion with the Governor," said an attorney.

After his motion to dismiss was denied, Bob McDonnell said outside court he knew it "was going to be a long trial" and that he was "looking forward to Monday."

The Washington Post is now asking the court to release juror questionnaires. We'll have an update on that and the rest of the motions Friday at 5 p.m. on WUSA9.

The former governor and first lady of the Commonwealth are accused of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of Star Scientifc in exchange for promoting company products.


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