McDonnell Defense Begins Presenting Its Case

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

RICHMOND, Va. (WHSV) — As week four in the trial against former governor Bob McDonnell and wife, Maureen, begins, the McDonnell defense team now has its chance to show its evidence.

The defense has called several witnesses on Monday, including Janet Kelly, the former secretary to the commonwealth.

Also on Monday, another juror has been excused for a family emergency. That's the third juror excused so far and there's only one more alternate.

The former governor is expected to testify at some point in his defense, which could be crucial for the case. It's expected he will say he never agreed to promote Star Scientific, but his wife was behind all of this.

The former governor also will have to explain his financial problems, which included tens of thousands of dollars in credit card debt.

Also, the McDonnell's relationship with Star Scientific is going be the subject of tough cross examination.

"His testimony is going to be crucial because they're going to pound him, pound him, pound him on on the fact. 'You do this for everybody? You intervene? You call secretaries for everybody?' Give me an example when you've called a secretary on behalf of another business," said Dr. Bob Roberts, a political science professor at James Madison University.

The former bookkeeper for a real estate partnership between the former governor and his sister also testified Monday morning.

Maureen McDonnell is not expected to take the stand.

The defense is expected to call more witnesses to the stand on Monday afternoon. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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