Judge denies McDonnells' request to delay arraignment

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A judge has denied a motion by lawyers for former Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell to delay a Friday court hearing.

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Gov. McDonnell had filed a request earlier Wednesday asking a judge to push back Friday's arraignment by one week, as one of his lawyers will be out of the country and would likely miss the hearing. Henry Asbill had booked the fully pre-paid and non-refundable trip six months prior for his wife's birthday and would require three flights and a boat ride just to reach Washington, D.C. the request stated.

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However, Judge David Novak told the legal team during a conference call he planned to deny the request. Gov. McDonnell then withdrew his request. The hearing remains scheduled for an initial appearance Friday at 10 a.m. and an arraignment at 11 a.m. in US District Court in Richmond.

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A federal grand jury indicted former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and First Lady Maureen McDonnell Tuesday in connection with an ongoing gift scandal.

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