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Ex-Va. Gov. McDonnell's Pre-Trial Talks Limited

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife were back in federal court Monday morning as defense attorneys asked a judge to clarify who the couple can speak with.

Last week, the judge ordered the couple not to have contact with any potential witnesses or victims.
Legal expert Russ Stone says many family and friends could potentially be witnesses during the trial so the defense may be attempting to avoid any interactions that could get their clients into trouble.

"The reason for that order is so that you don't have allegations down the road of one person trying to influence another person, one witness trying to influence another witness," he says. "The judge just wants to make sure that everyone knows what the rules are."

The defense argued that many close friends and family are potentially tied to the case, and because of that, the former governor and first lady should be allowed to at least talk with them, so long as it's not about the case.

The judge ordered both sides to come up with a potential witness list by Wednesday.

"The best rule that the McDonnells can follow though is if you're going to be talking to anybody, don't talk about the case," Stone says.

The judge did say that there were no restrictions to the couple speaking with one another as they are married.

 

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