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Corruption Case: Ex-Virginia Governor Guilty

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RICHMOND, Va. —  Loud sobs echoed through the courtroom as a chorus of “guilty” verdicts kept coming in former Virginia bob mcdonnellGovernor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen’s corruption case.

A jury convicted Bob McDonnell on 11 of 13 charges and Mrs. McDonnell stands convicted on nine charges, including corruption, fraud and bribery for accepting more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman.

The jury didn’t buy the defense that their 38-year marriage was so broken, the McDonnells barely spoke to each other, let alone conspired to peddle influence in the way alleged by the government.

During the trial, the prosecution showed the couple communicated by email and vacationed together.

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.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 6.