Richmond, VA _ Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen entered the federal courthouse in downtown Richmond separately on the first day of their trial today (Monday). Both were surrounded by attorneys, and Maureen clung to the arm of a friend.
Both McDonnells walked to the courthouse up Broad Street from a hotel a couple of blocks away. Maureen arrived at the courthouse at 9:02, and she had a look of solemn concern on her face.
The former governor arrived about 5 minutes later -- taking the same walk down as his wife. He looked more confident... saying "Good morning" to the reporters and cameras that lined his way and followed him to the courthouse door. He said he's glad that his day in court is beginning.
Jury selection is expected to take all day today, although the federal Judge James Spencer hopes to have it done by the end. AM-1140 WRVA legal analyst Todd Stone said Friday he doubts they'll be able to do it in a day. However, he says the court does not need to find jurors who have never heard of the case -- or the McDonnells. The court just needs to find those who can be impartial to the former first couple's guilt or innocence. The trial is scheduled for six weeks.
The McDonnells 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.
Former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams is expected to be among those testifying in the case. The McDonnells have repaid $120,000 in loans but deny any wrongdoing.