July 24, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are accused of taking at least $165,000 in loans and gifts to help the chief executive of a health supplement company peddle his products. But proving the couple broke the law may be difficult.
Legal experts say the case hinges on whether prosecutors can show that McDonnell agreed provide specific favors in exchange for the gifts. That's a tough task given the fine line between what is illegal versus what is unseemly.
If the gifts-for-favors theory doesn't stick, prosecutors can still secure convictions if they can prove the McDonnells tried to hide the loans and their relationship with Jonnie Williams, the former head of Star Scientific.
An arraignment and bail hearing is set for Friday.