What's Next for Bob and Maureen McDonnell?

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Now that Bob and Maureen McDonnell have been indicted, the legal proceedings are just in the early stages.

The McDonnells will be arraigned Friday, which is when they will have to enter a guilty or not guilty plea.

So far, they're maintaining their innocence.

The 43-page indictment details the charges against the McDonnells in the case of the United States of America vs. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G McDonnell.

In response, the McDonnells have filed two motions.

One asks prosecutors to release all evidence that could actually show the McDonnells are innocent, while the other, asks for information on the grand jury proceedings.

Both Bob and Maureen McDonnell are both charged and could face separate judgment.

The indictment makes it seem as if Maureen was very involved in a lot of the discussions with Jonnie Williams, but right now, it's not clear if the dots all connect.

"What you see is a pattern of behavior, where there were gifts made, and then soon after that, it appears certain actions were taken, but it's not completely clear those actions were taken in the official capacity of the governor. I think that's what their primary defense will be here," said P. Marshall Yoder, a legal analyst.

That's the quid-pro-quo in the case.

Jonnie Williams is a witness in the case and has been granted immunity, which is why the indictment has so much information.


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