RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) — The jury is now deliberating in the federal corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen.
The seven-man and five-woman jury heard nearly two hours of instructions from the judge on Tuesday morning. While giving instructions to jurors, federal judge James Spender said he would allow Maureen McDonnell to be found guilty of conspiring with Jonnie Williams by herself, if no conspiracy is found with former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
The jury is now deliberating to decide 26 separate verdicts — 13 for Bob McDonnell and 13 for Maureen McDonnell.
Some of the instructions seem to favor the defense. For example, the judge told the jury that testimony of an immunized witness must be examined and weighed by the jury with greater care than other witnesses. That instruction, of course, was referring to Jonnie Williams who received immunity from potential security and tax fraud problems.
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