Burck also focused for a time on text messages and other communications McDonnell had with Williams without any involvement from his wife.
He showed the jury a series of messages -- some of them new to this trial -- that seemed to show Williams and the governor exchanging playful texts, like friends. Williams, the government's star witness in this case, has said the relationship was all business for him.
McDonnell said on the stand Friday, and again today, that he considered Williams a friend by mid-2012. By that point, Williams had loaned the family
"We talked a lot about personal things," he said.
He was using the McDonnells, he said, to win credibility for his company's marquee product, a dietary supplement called Anatabloc. He hoped to get grant funding and state research hospital support for clinical trials, but that never came through.
In fact, Williams never got any state money. He got a handful of meetings with state officials and was allowed to invite people to mansion events.
Williams testified that even a
The McDonnell defense says Williams is lying, embellishing his story for prosecutors who gave him an immunity deal not just in this case, but on questionable stock transactions. He's also a focus of a pending civil suit against his company, formerly known as Star Scientific, now called
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