Ex-Virginia gov., wife guilty of public corruption
Gov. Bob McDonnell, R-Virginia, takes questions from the media Tuesday April 30, 2013 about reports of a federal investigation into his ties with a top campaign donor. By Paul Courson
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman.
Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of "guilty" kept coming from the court clerk.
McDonnell was widely considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He was charged with doing favors for a wealthy vitamin executive in exchange for the gifts and loans.
Bob McDonnell was found guilty of 11 of 13 corruption charges against him. His wife was found guilty of nine of 13.
A federal jury in Richmond returned the verdicts Thursday after a five-week trial and deliberating for three days.