Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 28, 2014

McDonnell lawyers want specifics on charges


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — The defense team for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell wants more details on what exactly federal prosecutors allege McDonnell did wrong.

McDonnell’s lawyer filed a motion Thursday in federal court complaining that prosecutors have used vague language in their 14-count indictment of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The McDonnells were charged last month with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans in exchange for helping the chief executive of a health supplement company sell his products.

Prosecutors say the McDonnells performed official actions to help former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

But the defense team says in its motion that prosecutors haven’t detailed what official acts the McDonnells took, making it difficult to prepare for the July trial.

As of noon Friday, prosecutors had not yet filed a response.