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Sordid public corruption trial for Virginia ex-Gov. McDonnell, wife
Sordid public corruption trial for Virginia ex-Gov. McDonnell, wife

It is the kind of corruption case that would attract attention even from jaded voters in places like Illinois or Louisiana, with long-established records of shady government dealings. But for Virginians, who have enjoyed generations of relative purity in state government, the spectacle in federal court here is shocking. The ex-governor and his wife are on trial, trying to explain an unconsummated love triangle with a businessman who says he can nuke carcinogens out of tobacco in his kitchen microwave — and that's the defense version of the case. It's a sordid tale involving secret cash transfers, private jets, a male model and an iPhone snapshot of former Republican...

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