RICHMOND, Va. - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been convicted in a public corruption case that accused them of conspiring to use his office to promote a businessman's product in exchange for gifts.
McDonnell, who had been a rising star in the Republican Party, was widely considered a possible running mate for presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. He was charged with doing favours for a wealthy vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.
A federal jury in Richmond returned the verdict Thursday after a five-week trial and deliberating for three days.
More verdicts were being read, but Bob McDonnell has been found guilty on five of five counts, while Maureen was guilty on four of five.
Original headline: Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife, Maureen, found guilty of public corruption charges
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