January 24, 2014
Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were swarmed by members of the media as they made their way out of the Federal Courthouse in Richmond.
While leaving Bob McDonnell spoke briefly saying “God has blessed me with great friends and family.”
Inside of the courthouse, Bob and Maureen McDonnell pleaded not guilty to 14 federal corruption charges during a brief court hearing. They were released without bond and they were ordered not to leave the country.
They were both indicted on Tuesday, following a lengthy federal investigation into gifts given by Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams.
“I trust Bob, I love him and it's difficult to watch,” says former Va. Republican Delegate Chris Saxman.
Saxman spoke highly of the McDonnell family and has known them for several years.
“You saw a rock solid man up there today and throughout this entire time,” says Saxman. “And I think that's a testament to what I've always seen about Bob McDonnell, not just in the public eye, but private.”
The former governor appeared confident as a federal judge read off the charges against him. If convicted, McDonnell and his wife could spend decades in prison.
During the bond hearing a federal judge asked lawyers and family of the McDonnell's to keep quiet about the case. He wanted to make sure it is tried in court and not tried by the media.
The Richmond Federal Courts have a reputation for moving faster than any other in the country and McDonnell’s team will have to work quickly.
The court is planning for a jury trial to begin July 28th. It could last for over a month.