RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Both sides in the Federal corruption trial of Bob and Maureen McDonnell remain in a holding pattern, waiting for the jury to reach their decision.
It has been eerily quiet here at the federal courthouse. The jury has gone home after their first full day of deliberation, and there is no way to tell if they plan to be here for a long time.
On a day with plenty of activity, the former governor willingly provides the media with a sound bite or two. Words without much substance, but something.
On a day where nothing is happening but waiting, he still had something to say, but like everyone he is just waiting and wondering what will happen next. Appearing to be as cool and calm as he ever was during the heat of a major campaign.
"I'm surrounded by family and people who love me, and it is as good as it gets," he said on the way into court Wednesday morning.
Of course, after five weeks of the public humiliation of this enormous trial, this waiting period while agonizing perhaps does offer a degree of respite. McDonnell continues to look above for guidance.
"God's mercies are new every morning and I wake up every morning happy, but ready for it to be done," the defendant said.
And despite the public beating his reputation has taken over the past month, McDonnell still has supporters. On Wednesday, a woman randomly was walking the sidewalk at the same time he was and clutched his arm in support.
The former governor said those random words of kindness from people of all stripes are helping him through this tough time.
"Republican and Democrat. My Democrat friends have been incredibly gracious to me and I appreciate it," he said.
As the waiting continues with no end in sight, it is clear the McDonnells will take all the support they can get. The jury did not even emerge from their deliberation to ask a question of Judge James Spencer for the entire eight hours they were at work.
We will continue our wait starting Thursday morning at 9:30.