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McDonnell lawyer makes final defense at trial

August 29, 2014
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's lawyer is making final arguments in McDonnell's corruption trial, saying McDonnell never did anything to help a businessman who supposedly bribed him.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are charged with taking more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for touting Star's tobacco-based health supplement, Anatabloc.

Bob McDonnell's lawyer, Henry Asbill, said the government's case has a gaping hole: McDonnell never did anything on Williams' behalf, other than put him touch with people in his administration.

McDonnell took the stand in his own defense, and said what he did for Williams was no different than what he would do on behalf of any Virginia-based business.



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