The Must-See Photos from the Bob McDonnell Trial

PHOTO: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell waves to the crowd along with his wife, Maureen during his inaugural ball in Richmond, Va., Jan. 16, 2010.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are charged with selling political favors in exchange for lavish gifts, trips, and shopping expeditions. Over the past week, jurors have heard scintillating testimony and jaw-dropping allegations from the prosecution’s star witness, Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

Everything from a $20,000 New York City shopping spree Williams took Maureen McDonnell on making stops at Louis Vuitton, Oscar de la Renta, and Bergdorf Goodman to a $6,000 Rolex Williams bought for the governor at the request of his wife. So many of the tales are eyebrow raising, but much of it is detailed in the evidence entered in to court, including photographs of the then-first couple of Virginia enjoying Williams’ Ferrari to the personalized engraving on the back of that pricey watch to text messages with the key parties.

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Here’s a look at key pieces of evidence in the Bob McDonnell trial.

This photo shows former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell with his wife, behind the wheel of Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams’ Ferrari at the businessman’s lake house. Williams testified, according to the Washington Post, that Maureen McDonnell upon seeing his luxury cars told him “it’d just be nice” if one was available to drive when the family vacationed at Williams' vacation home on Smith Mountain Lake. Williams had the car delivered to the home and they ended up driving in the sports car during that trip.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are pictured in a Ferrari in this image submitted as evidence during their corruption trial.
Department of Justice
PHOTO: Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are pictured in a Ferrari in this image submitted as evidence during their corruption trial.

Here’s another photo of McDonnell enjoying Williams’ Ferrari. The McDonnells actually drove Williams' Ferrari back to Richmond after their trip to Williams’ lake house, but McDonnell has said this was a favor to the businessman so he could have it back in the Virginia capital.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.
United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.

Among the lavish gifts from Williams to the McDonnells was a Rolex watch costing more than $6,000. Williams testified the then-first lady said upon seeing Williams’ own Rolex said, “I’d really like to get one of those for the governor. He just wears these old watches.” Williams then said he told Maureen McDonnell, “Do you want me to get one of these watches for the governor?” Williams testified that she answered, “Yes, that would be nice.” In his testimony, Williams has now said, "It was a bad decision on my part to buy that watch when she asked for it…I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed." Maureen McDonnell has said she gave the watch to her husband as a Christmas gift.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.
United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.

This is the back of the Rolex watch Williams’ gave to the McDonnells. It is engraved “Robert F. McDonnell, 71st Governor of Virginia.” On Thursday, the watch was passed to each of the jurors, where they examined it.

PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.
United States District Court Eastern District of Virginia
PHOTO: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife are standing trial on federal corruption charges after allegedly accepting $165,000 in lavish gifts from a family friend.

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