The Regent went on trial today, and the trail opened with a bombshell.
Here’s a snippet from a long report in my local rag:
Those revelations came Tuesday morning during the opening statement of Maureen McDonnell’s defense team.
Attorney Bill Burck said Maureen McDonnell was unhappy and lonely as a governor’s wife. By the time Williams came onto the scene, the former first couple were “barely on speaking terms,” but were “putting on a brave face” for the public.
Burck said Williams used Maureen McDonnell to get to her husband, lavishing her with the “attention and time” she was not getting from “the other man in her life.”
Family Values. It’s a Republican thing.
Video ia C&L, which has more.
It appears that the Regent also loves him a parade.
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell asked U.S. District Judge James Spencer on Thursday to permit 20 additional blank subpoenas for the defense, which would keep those witnesses’ names secret, for now.
Last month Spencer agreed to an initial 10 blank subpoenas for McDonnell. The former governor’s lawyers say blank subpoenas are critical to the defense in order to keep certain witnesses’ names from the prosecution and the public via the media.
When I entered college, I wanted to be a lawyer. Then I met some law students . . . .
Anyhoo, from my non-lawyerly perspective, I think the Regent’s legal staff has decided that their only available strategy is to raise so much dust that the truth becomes obscured by clouds.
More dust bunnies at the link.
The Regent wants himself some character witnesses. A nugget:
“Mr. McDonnell cannot adequately defend himself without relying heavily on character witnesses,” defense attorneys wrote. “First, the heart of this case is a credibility contest between Mr. McDonnell on one hand and Mr. Williams, the Government’s chief witness, on the other.”
Prosecutors argued in their motion last month that any more than three character witnesses would be redundant. McDonnell’s attorneys disagreed.
In my experience, persons who have character don’t need wi–oh, never mind.
. . . for the Regent and Milady. They are stuck with each other.
Bob and Maureen McDonnell will have their day in court, together, even if they would rather not.
U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer in three orders Tuesday denied motions by both defendants to dismiss many of the charges they face, to separate their trials, or give them access to communication records between prosecutors and the grand jury.
A rule of thumb, though not an ironclad one: the weaker attorneys’ cases, the more pretrial motions they file. It’s the W. C. Fields theory of jurisprudence.
Persons often ask for them when they are in a trial marriage.
This gives new meaning to the term, “trial separation.”
Looks like the Regent will be in the news a bit longer.
Former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been charged with violating federal public corruption law in a 14-count indictment handed down Tuesday, a law enforcement source confirmed.
Details of the indictment were not immediately available, but the source said it stems from the McDonnells’ relationship with former Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr.
Frankly, I do not think that MacDonnell was knowingly on the take in a tit-for-tat manner, but I do think he took when he should not have and probably allowed his judgment to affected. I am also confident that he is stunned at finding himself in this mess, for I am certain that he is convinced of his own virtue.
As corruption goes, it’s stupid penny ante stuff, stuff that would get the Regent laughed out of Louisiana or New Jersey, for example. Nevertheless, it illustrates once more the Republican conviction that wealth ipso facto means virtue.
Via The Richmonder, who’s wondering when the indictments will come down.
Always a fighter, I reckon:
During his final days as attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli released a pair of nonbinding opinions that can be read as legal arguments against Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign pledges to fight for gay rights and undo abortion restrictions.
Fortunately, Governor McAuliffe seems to be choosing to disdain Cooch’s bigotry.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Executive Order Number 1 at the Capitol of Virginia on Saturday, which prohibits discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, political affiliation, or against otherwise qualified persons with disabilities in Virginia state government. McAuliffe signed the Executive Order immediately following his inauguration.
It’s safe to say we haven’t heard the last of the Cooch and the rest of the Cuckoos.
This is the end of the Regent’s term as Governor of Virginia. Indeed, Governor McAuliffe is being sworn in right about now.
Brian Devine thinks that the Regent’s term was memorable. Find out why.
. . . for we all know that a lamer website means a failed policy. It’s ACA rules.
VDOT website crashes after Hampton Roads drivers rush to get E-ZPass
The policy is a failure for many other reasons, not the least because it exemplifies the Commonwealth’s selling out to the highest bidder its responsibility for providing for the transportation needs of its citizens.
A crashed website, though, is nothing more than a crashed website.
The Regency ends officially on January 11, but it looks like Virginia’s addiction to magickal nicotine pills will continue for quite a while.
Through September, Virginia had been billed roughly $575,000 by several lawyers from different firms under open-ended contracts outgoing Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli authorized last year after withdrawing as counsel from related cases due to his own conflicts in the matter.
And in the waning days of McDonnell’s tenure, it’s unclear when those deals expire because the contracts binding them stipulate they “will continue” through an undefined completion point.
When I went to college, I thought I wanted be a lawyer.
Then I got to know some law students . . . .
It is a truism that every lawyer is a crook until you need one (and, when I needed one, I’ve always found persons of integrity), but, really, now, open-ended contracts?
Dan Casey hands out the “2013 Dano Awards for Glaring Stupidity awards” and the Regent is one of the winners. A nugget:
People love to grouse about others who are on the dole, so this year we have a new category, the Dano for Welfare Recipient of the Year. It’s bestowed along with a corollary, the Dano for Welfare Benefactor of the Year.
This year’s winner of the former is the first family of Virginia. Gov. Bob McDonnell, his wife Maureen, their offspring and (indirectly) the governor’s sister received something like $165,000 worth of stuff.
See the rest of the winners at the link.
Fall of the last cuckoo (updated to reflect changes in the source):
Virginia’s ballyhooed attorney general recount came to an early end today when Republican candidate Mark Obenshain conceded the race to Democrat Mark Herring.
Watch for the exciting sequel, now in the planning stages: Unticketed and Unhinged! Return of the Cooch.
This is the first time in almost a generation that all three state-wide Democratic candidates–Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney-General–have won.
If you are poor, it’s a handout.
If you are rich, it’s an investment.
The Virginia State Board of Elections certified state Sen. Mark Herring (D) as the winner of the Virginia attorney general race on Monday.
The board confirmed that Herring won by a slim 165-vote margin, beating Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate in the race.
In Virginia, there is no such thing as an automatic recount, but I expect that Obenshain will request one before the 10-day time limit expires.
Just imagine what would have happened if the Republican Party had gutted out just a few more votes.
Addendum, the next evening:
The forces of reaction and patriarchy never give up.
Moved below the fold because it autoplays on some systems.
Autoplaying is rude.