Despite spending much of his political life steadfastly pretending to be a highly moral heterosexual Christian patriot and happily-married father of five heterosexual children, the former Governor of Virginia, Robert F. (Bob) McDonnell (centre), disclosed during his recent corruption trial that he has split from his wife, Maureen (right); whilst the couple's eldest daughter, Jeanine, revealed in court that her father's squeaky clean public image has been a sham for many years. These tragicomic revelations were the flimsy foundation on which Bob McDonnell's defence rested.
Bob McDonnell is currently living with his family's Catholic Priest, Father Wayne Ball, who has the dubious distinction of once being arrested (with a young man) for performing sex acts in a car parked in a public place.
In a sensational court case, which must be causing sleepless nights for the many US politicians, and former politicians, who have been co-opted by 'MLM' racketeers (particularly those peddling pseudo-medical wampum), the former (Republican) Governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell (b. 1954), and his wife, Maureen, have been convicted of conspiring to use his public office to promote what has been (somewhat generously) described as a 'dietary supplement,' in return for substantial bribes.
|The first Afro-American Federal Judge in Virginia, James R. Spencer|
A federal jury convicted Bob McDonnell of 11 of the 13 counts with which he was charged; Maureen McDonnell was convicted of 9 of the 13 counts with which she was charged. Sentencing will not take place until Jan 2015. Both McDonnell and wife now face up to 20 years in prison for each of their combined total of 20 conspiracy, fraud, extortion and bribery convictions. In reaction to the mounting list of guilty verdicts, the couple hung their heads in shame and wept profusely before Senior US District Judge James R. Spencer. The McDonnells then left the courtroom separately.
Bob McDonnell, who is the first ever Governor of Virginia to be indicted for a criminal offence, has declared (via his attorney) his intention to appeal his convictions.
|Latter-day snake-oil salesman, Jonnie Williams.|
Bob McDonnell, and other witnesses (including eldest daughter, Jeanine), divulged embarrassing details about his secret marital problems; particularly concerning Maureen McDonnell's obsessive behaviour towards Jonnie Williams. However, this was perceived by the jury as being part of a defence strategy designed to prove that the McDonnells could not be guilty of a conspiracy, because they had not really been on speaking terms.
Heading the list of bribes was:
- approximately $20 000 of designer clothing and accessories for Maureen McDonnell.
- a $6 500 Rolex watch for Bob McDonnell.
- $15 000 for the catering at one of the MacDonnell daughter's weddings.
- $2 800 golf club membership fees for Bob McDonnell.
- various golf equipment and golf trips for Bob McDonnell.
- various vacations for the McDonnells.
- Jonnie Williams also admitted supplying what were described as 'loans' totalling $120,000, to Bob and Maureen McDonnell.
- appeared at various 'Anatabloc' promotional events which were reported in the media.
- hosted a lunch at the Virginia Governor's Mansion which 'Star Scientific' propaganda described as a 'product launch.'
- permitted Jonnie Williams to invite a number of his associates to a reception for Virginia health care leaders (also held at the Governor's mansion)
- arranged private meetings for Mr. Williams with two state health officials.
Two of Williams 'loans' to the McDonnells (totalling $70,000) had apparently been intended to subsidise their two loss-making, Virginia Beach, rental houses.
Mr Williams openly stated in court that he first wrote out a cheque for $50,000 in response to Maureen McDonnell's desperate confession that she and her husband had major problems. Williams testified that Maureen McDonnell offered to help his company and that she had experience of selling nutritional supplements.