The Commonwealth told the jury that "Robert McDonnell was the most powerful official in Virginia" and said that he used his power to take more that $150,000 in cash, loans, vacations, golf, and luxury goods from Jonnie Williams to help him sell his product."In a bombshell statement, Maureen McDonnell's attorney during opening statements says this was not a conspiracy between husband and wife and that the relationship between Bob and Maureen was broken and both barely spoke.
Following a lunch recess, court resumed with the Commonwealth calling two witnesses to the stand. First was a man with the catering company used for the McDonnell's daughter, Cailin McDonnell Young's, wedding. He testified that he was given a check for $15,000 from "Starwood Trust." He said his boss told him to cash, not deposit the check; he was not able to cash it once he got the check so he did deposit it. Later, when there was a refund due, he was told by his boss again to make out the refund check, worth more that $5,000, to Maureen McDonnell. He did so. The catering employee also said Maureen never told him to make the check out to her.
The second witness called by the Commonwealth was the McDonnell's daughter, Cailin McDonnell Young. She testified about her wedding, stating that it was her intention to pay for it herself, along with her husband-to-be. She said she became angry when she found out her father Bob McDonnell paid for part of the catering and even yelled at him about it. Young broke down in tears on the witness stand after seeing photos of her parents at her wedding.
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