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Originally published August 20, 2014 at 9:49 PM | Page modified August 21, 2014 at 3:29 AM

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Former Va. governor to address marriage at trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will answer questions about the state of his marriage when his public corruption trial resumes in federal court in Richmond.


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RICHMOND, Va. —

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will answer questions about the state of his marriage when his public corruption trial resumes in federal court in Richmond.

McDonnell took the stand Wednesday afternoon and said his wife, Maureen, showed anxiety over her new role as first lady the day after he was elected in 2009. His attorney was about to ask him more questions about the marriage when court adjourned, leaving that topic for Thursday.

The former governor and his wife are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements.

Defense attorneys have suggested that the McDonnells could not have conspired because their marriage was crumbling and they were barely talking.



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