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Moral of Virginia soap opera: Sell your office at your own risk
Moral of Virginia soap opera: Sell your office at your own risk

The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, had a much higher titillation quotient than most political corruption cases. First, there was the bling factor: The McDonnells were accused of accepting $177,000 in cash, loans and gifts from Jonnie R. Williams, who hoped that the state would assist in marketing a dietary supplement produced by his company. Add the domestic drama of a troubled marriage — so troubled, the defense insisted, that the couple couldn't conspire to violate the law — and the result was a sordid spectacle. Finally, there was the sensational denouement: conviction on almost all counts. But stripped of its soap opera melodrama,...

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