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Former Va. Governor's Corruption Trial Begins

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By LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Jury selection is on the agenda for opening day in the corruption trial of a former Virginia governor and his wife in Richmond.

Bob and Maureen McDonnell are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. Their trial in federal court got under way at 10 a.m. Monday and is expected to last at least five weeks.

McDonnell was a rising national star in the Republican party and was considered a possible Mitt Romney running mate in 2012 before the federal investigation ruined his political future. He has apologized for what he described as bad judgment and repaid about $120,000 in gifts and loans, but has denied breaking any laws.

 

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