Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) -- After a full day of combing through the jury pool of 150, a jury is set to go in the fraud and bribery trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen. A jury of 8 men and 4 women has been chosen to decide the first criminal child of a chief executive in the Commonwealth's history. There were 4 alternates, but a juror was dismissed after a brief conversation with Judge James Spencer and one of the alternates was seated. The 3 alternates will hear all the testimony, and will become one of the 12 if one of them has to be dismissed.
The former governor and first lady were a contrast in styles. Maureen McDonnell's body language exhibited nerves from when she entered the courthouse all the way through the proceedings. The ex-governor greeted reporters chipperly as he walked toward the courthouse saying he felt good... and was glad the day had come when he could put on his defense. He read a prayer book as the jurors were selected. The jury was set in time for a late dinner.
Earlier in the day, the government submitted a list of dozens of potential witnesses to Judge Spencer. Among them was, of course, members of the McDonnell family -- including Maureen. Also included were former state Attorneys General Ken Cuccinelli and Jerry Kilgore. Another name is former governor Doug Wilder. Current Health and Human Resources Secretary Bill Hazel -- who serves in the McAuliffe administration in the same post -- could be called to testify. Also among the list of potential witnesses is former Star Scientic CEO Jonnie Williams. It's Williams' gifts and loans to the McDonnells that have led to the 14-count indictment against the couple -- and federal prosecutors accuse the former governor of conducting "official acts" promoting Star Scientific products in return for these favors. The McDonnells have pleaded "not guilty".