Following three days of deliberations, a seven men and five women federal jury found that the couple conspired to sell the influence of the Virginia governor’s office to Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
The former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen were found guilty of public corruption, thereby sending a clear message that they believed the couple sold the office once occupied by Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson to a free-spending Richmond businessman for golf outings, lavish vacations and $120,000 in sweetheart loans.
Mr. and Mrs. McDonnell face decades in federal prison. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer set a sentencing hearing for Jan. 6. He was a onetime Republican rising star considered for the 2012 vice presidential nomination, but was convicted of all 11 corruption-related counts.
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive." Sir Walter Scott.