DOCUMENTS: McDonnell seeks dismissal of charges in corruption case

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Associated Press

Posted on March 26, 2014 at 6:53 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 27 at 6:04 AM

RICHMOND (AP) -- Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking a federal judge to dismiss most of the charges he and his wife face in a public corruption case.

McDonnell's lawyers filed a motion Tuesday evening seeking dismissal of 11 corruption counts. The motion doesn't mention two counts of making false statements or Maureen McDonnell's single charge of obstruction.

The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for helping promote his products. The former Republican governor's lawyers argue in the motion to dismiss that McDonnell never took any official action to help the company.

The McDonnells have pleaded not guilty. Their trial is set for late July.

DOCUMENTS FILED BY MCDONNELL:
Read the memorandum of the law supporting the motion
Read the motion to dismiss filing

Meantime, the McDonnells are asking a federal judge to order separate trials.

 

In motions filed late Tuesday night, defense attorneys say Maureen McDonnell wants to testify on her husband's behalf but would not do so if she also is on trial. The attorneys also say that in a joint trial, Maureen McDonnell would invoke marital privilege that would prevent the former governor from testifying about their private conversations.

The defendants also filed motions seeking dismissal of all but two of the 14 charges against them.

AP-WF-03-26-14 0019GMT

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