Third day of deliberations in McDonnell trial

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- Jurors in the corruption case against former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen have deliberated for a total of 15 hours so far.

The jury has 90 pages of instructions to make sure it understands and 26 separate verdicts to decide. Wednesday, the jury had no questions for the judge.

The jurors have to consider five weeks of testimony from approximately 70 witnesses and closing arguments that went on for hours.

Maureen and Bob McDonnell are accused of taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from wealthy businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for selling the prestige of the governor's office. There are 14 counts. The first 11, counts one through 11, deal with public corruption and conspiracy. The general thinking is that it is unlikely the jury will find either Bob McDonnell and Maureen McDonnell guilty individually on counts one through 11.

However, there are still two bank fraud counts. Bob McDonnell is charged in one individually and the two together in another. There is the obstruction of justice charge that Maureen McDonnell is accused of and that has to do with the Oscar de la Renta dresses she returned.

So why, if there are 14 counts, will there be 26 verdicts? Because in 12 of those counts, both Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged. So there are 24 counts for those 12 verdicts. Bob McDonnell is charged separately in a 13th count, and Maureen McDonnell is charged separately in a 14th count, for a total of 26 verdicts in a 14 count indictment.

The McDonnells deny any wrongdoing.

On Thursday morning, Bob McDonnell answered a few questions.

"I'm awaiting on the jury which is the toughest part of any case. I spent a lot of time as a lawyer waiting on jurors myself," said McDonnell.

He said that he's reading the Bible while he waits for the verdict. "It's long but it gives me great encouragement," shared McDonnell.

"Any particular part?" a reporter asked.

He replied, "Solomon's proverbs... It's been an important part of my life the last year. Knowing what King David went through is really encouraging for me."

About the five weeks that the jurors have committed to the case, McDonnell said, "It's remarkable. This is a citizen process. Everybody is entitled to a trial by jury. It goes back to 1215, the Magna Carta, it's been part of our tradition for 800 years. it's a marvelous part of what makes America great and these folks dedicated immense time away from their families, not talking to anybody about this, it's tough."

Maureen McDonnell did not answer any questions outside court on Thursday morning.


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