Jurors, who previously saw most of these gifts in pictures, saw
There was a large box of Anatabloc, the supplement Williams wanted the McDonnell's help studying and promoting.
They saw golf shirts and golf shoes for the men, and a
The gifts and loans Williams gave the family totaled more than
Hulser said it was a conservative figure, and with guiding questions from the prosecution, noted a handful of dinners and outings not included.
The McDonnells returned all these items to Williams, and repaid
On Monday, the McDonnell defense will begin to lay out its case. The trial is on a lunch break as of
So far he has focused on the tremendous resources the government brought to bear in this case. Eight agents from the state,
Asbill also noted that Hulser and the other agents didn't record any phone calls or conversations, so they don't know what was discussed in the various calls Hulser laid out for the jury this morning. (Scroll down to read coverage of that testimony.)
He suggested some of the meetings Hulser laid out this morning, based on the governor's calendar, didn't actually occur. He noted, in the way he questioned Hulser, that
Nor did agents find evidence that McDonnell called tobacco commission members to push for grant money to fund that research, Hulser said.
Asbill also hinted that the defense will continue to focus on
Shortly before the trial broke for lunch, Asbill asked Hulser about a 14 minute phone call the first lady had with Williams as the governor drove the couple from Williams' vacation home at
Asbill suggested that McDonnell may not have heard any of that conversation. Pictures the first lady took that day show the car's top was down.
"Do you know what the sound level is in a
"Unfortunately I do not," Hulser replied.
This is a breaking news item. Come back this afternoon for updates and keep reading below for coverage from this morning's proceedings.
Time and again phone records, calendars and emails showed flurries of activity between the main players in this case -- including former Gov.
In February, the governor's schedule showed lunch again with his wife. Phone records showed her calling
Williams wanted the two universities to study Anatabloc, his company's marque product. The first lady emailed Eige, saying officials there weren't returning Williams' calls.
Later that month,
In March, there was another flurry of activity surrounding a
In May the governor texted Williams to ask him for another
No text messages either, he said.
The prosecution is winding down its case, using Hulser and charts he has compiled to remind the jury of evidence and testimony they've heard over the last two and a half weeks of this trial. The defense has not yet had a chance to cross examine Hulser, but that should come later today.
The prosecution is also expected to rest its case today, but before it does the jury may get to see, first hand, the dresses and other gifts Williams gave the McDonnell family.
There are boxes and what appear to be dresses in the courtroom, behind the prosecution's table, covered by a sheet. They have not been there other days in this trial.
Come back for updates.
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