Sept. 3, 2014
Jurors in the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, are sent home for the night without a reaching a verdict.
Judge Spencer told the jury to be safe, be strong as he sent them home Wednesday evening.
The jury has deliberated for about 13 hours in all over the last two days. They must vote unanimously on each of the 14 charges against Bob and Maureen McDonnell.
They have been sifting through a lot of evidence, including hundreds of emails, text messages and testimony from 67 witnesses.
The jurors must also take into account the instructions laid out by Judge Spencer about what constitutes an official act, and whether Bob and Maureen McDonnell knowingly conspired to sell the governor’s office and its influence in exchange for $177,000 in gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.
There are three possible outcomes: The jury could find the McDonnells guilty on some or all of the fraud and conspiracy charges. They could find them not guilty.
It could be a hung jury, and the government would have to decide whether it would try the case again.
The McDonnells show up separately every morning, flanked by their children, and leave as soon as the judge sends the jury back to deliberate.
Everyone will be back tomorrow morning as jurors continue with a third day of deliberations.