The Washington Post is reporting that federal prosecutors are speaking out against former governor Bob McDonnell’s claim that he deserves a new trial. McDonnell holds that the federal judge told jurors that many of the defense attorney’s arguments were one the judge had already rejected.
These opinions from the federal prosecutors were not surprising and U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer is very likely to agree with them as he has in the past with similar disputes. These motions still give a preview into the battle that is likely to happen in the federal courts of appeals. They also reveal that the dismissal of a juror on the 12th day of the trial is on reason for the couple’s bid for a new trial.
Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted last month of lending the prestige of the Governor’s office to StarsScientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for loans, vacations and luxury goods.