Lawyers Debate McDonnells' Contact With Witnesses

By: Virginia AP
By: Virginia AP

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Prosecutors and defense lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are arguing over how much contact the couple can have with potential witnesses who are friends or relatives.

The McDonnells' lawyers filed a motion Tuesday seeking to clarify a judge's order barring the couple from speaking with any potential witnesses prior to their July trial on corruption charges.

The McDonnells want permission to speak with potential witnesses if they are family members, friends or longtime business associates.

Prosecutors said they would allow the McDonnells to speak with family members, but not about the upcoming trial.

The government also wants the judge to order the McDonnells not to speak with longtime friends or business associates if they are potential witnesses.

A judge has not yet ruled on the matter.


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