NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The McDonnells verdict

By: Kym Grinnage email

On Thursday, a jury of their peers found former Governor Bob McDonnell and Maureen McDonnell guilty on a combined 20 counts of conspiracy and corruption. 11 counts of guilty for Governor McDonnell and nine counts for Mrs. McDonnell. This is certainly the lowest point of the McDonnell's lives and many would say that it was self-inflicted. While at the same time, there are many would simply say that this is a sad day for the McDonnells and the state of Virginia.

Personally, I feel that both of these are true. It is clear that the jury left that court room with a sense that the McDonnells had illegally sold access to Virginia's highest office.

So what does this say about the very lax ethics laws in the state of Virginia? I believe that this trial should be a wakeup call for all public officials at all levels of government. Although state law may not hold you accountable, you should certainly hold yourself accountable.

Although we have heard from many political officials that this is a sad day for Virginia and the McDonnells, we need more of them to get to work and revise Virginia's gift giving and ethics laws.

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