RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Judge James Spencer on Monday threw out the obstruction of justice conviction against former First Lady of Virginia Maureen McDonnell.
In an eight-page memorandum opinion released Monday afternoon, Spencer concluded, "Even viewing the evidence in light most favorable to the Government, there is insufficient evidence to warrant a guilty verdict on Count 14," which was the obstruction of justice charge.
Spencer wrote the memorandum in response to requests from Maureen McDonnell's legal team asking for acquittal on the charge of violating the honest services wire fraud statute. Spencer wrote in his conclusion, "As described in detail in the memorandum opinion denying Mr. McDonnell's Motion for Judgment of Acquittal, Mr. McDonnell did perform or promise to perform official acts to benefit [Jonnie] Williams. Therefore, both Mr. and Mrs. McDonnell were properly convicted by the jury of violating the honest services wire fraud statute and the Hobbs Act."
In addition to throwing out the obstruction charge, Spencer also denied separate motions from the McDonnells' attorneys for acquittal and for a new trial.
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