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Testimony complete; The McDonnells prepare for closing arguments

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FILE: Former governor Bob McDonnell walks into the Federal Courthouse in Richmond (Source: NBC12) FILE: Former governor Bob McDonnell walks into the Federal Courthouse in Richmond (Source: NBC12)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The judge settled on final jury instructions setting the stage for closing arguments in the federal corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen.

For five weeks in the heat of an August summer in Virginia the beat of the McDonnell trial has continued at a steady pace.

Each morning the former Governor, his attorneys, his wife and the prosecution make the same march into the courthouse.

The former governor usually greets the gaggle of reporters with a friendly, "Morning".

Both sides have different goals. No one knows the outcome. Everyone seems ready for it to be over.

"I am looking forward to bringing this to a conclusion," said Mr. McDonnell.

For five weeks, the McDonnells have watched as countless documents, combed from the collection of more than 3 million, were paraded in front of the jury. They revealed emotional and personal moments from what appears to be a dark three years of their life.

A dark period the former governor admitted Thursday that even if he didn't break the law, could've been avoided.

"I am a human being like everyone of you," he said. "We all do things we wish we could've done a little differently, it is just the way life is."

But those choices were made and while they have taken an enormous toll on their family, the ultimate consequence may be yet to come.

A possibility the once popular and proud governor seems prepared to accept.

"I have amazing faith in God and my family in the jury to find the truth," he said.

A verdict that regardless of the outcome, will bring this public nightmare to end.

Leaving history to determine Bob McDonnell's legacy.

Both sides hashed out dozens of instructions for the jury in the afternoon. With all of those things settled, the stage is set for closing arguments to begin Friday morning.

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