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July 30, 2014


McDonnell Uses Broken Marriage Defense

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and his wife, Maureen, "on trial for conspiring to use his office for personal enrichment, outlined an unexpected defense on Tuesday: Their marriage was so broken that they did not communicate enough to conspire about anything," the New York Times reports.

"In opening arguments in the couple's corruption trial in federal court here, their lawyers made clear that they planned to rely on the sordid details of their unhappy union as the basis of their legal defense."

Richmond Times Dispatch: "Depending on whom you believe, Bob and Maureen McDonnell were either gift-grubbing and financially desperate enough to conspire to sell the governor's office, or so dedicated to public service that the stresses of a gubernatorial term wrecked their marriage."












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