Bob McDonnell May Take Stand to Defend Against Corruption Charges

Former Virginia Governor's rocky marriage emerges at the center of his federal trial.
2:03 | 07/31/14

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That's a tough story. To the former Virginia governor who is on trial on corruption charges. If convicted he could go to jail tore years. The twist in the case, his rocky marriage is at the heart of the case for the defense. ABC's Ryan smith has that story. Reporter: This morning, former Virginia governor bob Mcdonnell and his wife Maureen on trial facing bombshell accusations from the prosecution's star witness, nutrition company CEO Johnny Williams that the couple took $165,000 in lavish gifts and loans in exchange for political favors. Both have pleaded not guilty and the former first couple's lawyers using an unorthodox almost scandal-like defense? We're supposed to be partners. We're supposed to be in this together. Reporter: Maureen's attorney claiming her client accepted gifts from Williams not as a political bribe but because she had a crush on him. I'm sure they don't want to air their dirty laundry but when you're facing decades in prison, that's a little consolation in order to avoid a conviction. Reporter: Williams testified that in 2011, the former first lady agreed to promote one of his nutrition supplements for cash and gifts. Claiming she said, quote, the governor says it's okay for me to help you but I need you to help me with this financial situation. Williams also testified he took Mrs. Mcdonnell on a luxury shopping spree spending 20 grand in stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Louis Vuitton. Prosecutors also claim the mcdonnells accepted a personalized Rolex and a $50,000 loan from Williams among the lavish gifts and favors. Here's governor Mcdonnell driving Williams' ferrari. From the beginning Mr. Mcdonnell claiming he stayed on the right side of the law. I never promised and Mr. Williams and his company never received any government benefit. Reporter: If convicted on all 14 counts charged, the mcdonnells face more than 20 years in prison. In opening statements the former governor's lawyer says Mr. Mcdonnell will take the stand and will open up about his marriage and life to prove to the jury that the allegations aren't true.

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