McDonnell's lawyers say the prosecutors' intervention in a securities fraud case against former Star Scientific chief executive officer
Accepting the gifts and the money is a violation of federal law, the prosecutors say. McDonnell says he did nothing in return, and the events he hosted and meetings he arranged were the kind of thing
Williams has won immunity from federal charges, and Star last year disclosed that because of its cooperation with the federal prosecutors it did not expect to be prosecuted.
But Williams and the company have been sued by stockholders, charging that he and the company misled them about its finances, products and prospects.
In requesting the order, prosecutors said the stockholders' efforts could open the door for McDonnell to subvert the government's own discovery efforts in the criminal case.
McDonnell's lawyers said that translates into a campaign to keep them from unearthing evidence that impeaches Williams' credibility, or that might uncover misdeeds by Williams or that could reveal evidence that contradicts what Williams told federal investigators as they built their case against the former governor.
"The effect of this maneuvering has been to confine a great deal of exculpatory evidence to the files or minds of entities ... whom the government can confidently expect will refuse to share that information with the defense counsel (since
Ress can be reached by phone at 757-247-4535.
(c)2014 the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Visit the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) at www.dailypress.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services