RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- The jury is deliberating in the corruption trial of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen. After a five week trial, members of the jury have a lot to consider.
The jury was released after a seven and a half hour day of deliberation on Wednesday. The jury has spent about thirteen hours deliberating the fourteen counts against the former governor and his wife.
The jury has 90 pages of instructions to make sure it understands and 26 separate verdicts to decide.
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. She said he could have them for his daughters. He called it a fabrication. He would never give the dresses to his daughter. After all, they were a size zero. It boils down to who you believe.
"I wake up every day just filled with hope and I'm ready to be done," Bob McDonnell told reporters outside court.
Asked by a reporter if he had a "nervous evening of sleep last night," McDonnell replied, "No. I'm surrounded by family and people who love me...and uh, it's as good as it gets."
One court observer who's been there every day says the most likely thing he thinks is a hung jury. He said after all the corruption trial up in Michigan was a hung jury after 14 days and took another 10 days for the next jury to find him guilty.
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