Prosecution Rests In Bob and Maureen McDonnell Corruption Case

And the defense begins on Monday.

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Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the federal corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen after 13 days of hearings.

In a trial that has had its fair share of soap-opera twists, turns, and dramatic reveals, the prosecution ended its line of questioning by interviewing F.B.I. Special Agent David Hulser, who framed the prosecution's case, the Associated Press reported.

The McDonnells are charged with taking more than $165,000 in gifts from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of a dietary supplement company called Star Scientific in return for promoting his company through the influence of the Governor's office.

The long list of embarrassing, and frankly bizarre offenses includes accepting $15,000 in catering costs for their daughter's wedding, a $6,500 Rolex watch, and over $100,000 in loans on vacation homes the couple owns in Virginia Beach. Maureen McDonnell, whom her defense team maintained had a "crush" on Williams, was described during the trial by one of her former Chief's of Staffs as "a nutbag."

And just to add a cherry on top of the trial's ice cream sundae of delicious drama, Cailin McDonnell Young, the couple's daughter, at one point cried on the stand, lamenting the fact that the memories of her wedding day had been ruined. 

Our wedding now has this black cloud over it.  You can’t look back at it with a happy memory.” 

The defense will begin its case on Monday

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