RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A wealthy businessman who says his relationship with Virginia’s former governor was all about business texted or called the first lady more than 1,200 times over the course of nearly two years. A defense attorney in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, raised the issue of the frequent texting Friday in his cross-examination of Jonnie Williams. Williams is testifying under immunity for the prosecution. Attorney William Burck also showed an email Maureen McDonnell sent to Williams the day an earthquake hit Virginia. It said: “I just felt the EARTH MOVE AND I WASN’T HAVING SEX!!!!” The McDonnells are charged with taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Williams in exchange for promoting his company’s products.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A defense lawyer is attacking the credibility of the key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia’s former governor and his wife. Attorney William Burck zeroed in Friday on inconsistencies in what Jonnie Williams told investigators in several interviews about his association with former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. He also questioned Williams about his stock dealings and whether he was worried that they could be illegal. Williams is testifying under immunity. The McDonnells are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for helping the former Star Scientific CEO promote his products.
Friends and family will honor and remember former Congressman Caldwell Butler later this morning. Among those who will attend the memorial service: current 6th District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, and as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports, Goodlatte says those years helped shaped his own approach to the office.
The memorial service for Caldwell Butler is scheduled to begin at 11:00 am Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Roanoke.