The Next Step in the McDonnell Corruption Trial

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Now that testimonies have wrapped up, a local political analyst says there are a number of outcomes that could happen in a case like this one.

The former governor and his wife could be found guilty of some of the counts or they could both end up walking away from this case without any charges.

Dr. Bob Roberts, a professor of political science at James Madison University, said the law doesn't prohibit anyone, including the former governor, from accepting gifts on a local, state, or federal level.

The jury has to decide if McDonnell knowingly accepted gifts in exchange for promoting Williams' company.

Roberts said it comes down to credibility and if the jury believes McDonnell or Williams.

"We don't have a tape. We don't have a wire telling the governor, 'I'll take these things, I'll do these things for you.' It's he said he said. Therefore it's really a question of credibility. Who do you believe?" explained Roberts.

Roberts said it could take several days for the jury to look through all of the evidence on each count before making a final decision.

If the former governor or his wife are found guilty they could face decades in prison. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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