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Michael Pope

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Pope is an award-winning author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for WAMU, Connection Newspapers, the New York Daily News and the Tallahassee Democrat. A native of Moultrie, Ga., he grew up in Durham, N.C., and graduated high school in Tampa, Fla. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. Pope is the author of Shotgun Justice (2012), Hidden History of Alexandria, D.C. (2011) and Ghosts of Alexandria (2010), all published by History Press in Charleston, S.C.


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Attorneys for former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are starting to mount their defense against federal prosecutors, who are pursuing a 14-count indictment in an unprecedented public corruption trial. Defense attorneys opened their case with Brenda Chamberlain, a bookkeeper for a real-estate partnership owned by the governor and his sister. She said M...
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The defense has opened its case in the ongoing corruption trial of Virginia's former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The first witness for the defense was Brenda Chamberlain, a bookkeeper for a real-estate partnership owned by the governor and his sister. She said McDonnell gave her full access to bank records, adding it was relatively rare for a clie...
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen will be back in federal court in Richmond this morning as they begin to mount their defense in the ongoing public corruption trial. Finally, the governor gets to tell his side of the story — at least eventually. Before that happens, though, jurors are likely to hear from a number of other other friends and associates ...
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A judge is rejecting former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell's motion to dismiss corruption charges. His lawyers argued that prosecutors were interpreting the law too broadly—in a way that could criminalize routine political courtesies and put other politicians at risk for persecution. Richmond U.S. District Court Judge James Spencer is rejecting the motion off...
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In the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, an FBI agent has testified that a wealthy businessman spent more than $36,000 entertaining the couple at a Cape Cod resort in 2012. Agent David Hulser says the weekend tab at Chatham Bars Inn included more than $9,000 for food and beverages, including 16 servings of Remy Louis cognac totaling $2,400....
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Prosecutors in the public corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell have now rested their case—and the final day in the courtroom seemed like a runway fashion show. It was like a cross between "Project Runway" and "CSI: Richmond." Prosecutors trotted out dozens of pieces of high-end items that the McDonnells returned to businessman Jonnie Williams after ...
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Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today. FBI special agent David Hulser is the cleanup witness for the prosecution, pulling together the threads of the government's case and tying up loose ends. He started his testimony yesterday and is expected to finish today. Most of the 14 counts against Bob a...
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In the ongoing corruption trial for ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, an FBI agent testified that the couple once had more than $90,000 in credit card debt and that a family real estate partnership was operating at a loss. Prosecutors began wrapping up their case today, calling FBI agent David Hulser to the stand to pull their threads of their case to...
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A federal appeals court today refused to delay a ruling striking down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, paving the way for same-sex couples to legally wed as soon as next week. A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond denied a request from a county court clerk in Northern Virginia to stay the ...
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The ongoing corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell is taking on a cinematic scale. Today jurors heard about a reception with Steven Spielberg. The A-list Hollywood director was introduced to a doctor by First Lady Maureen McDonnell at the request of the businessman at the center of the trial, according to testimony jurors heard today. Dr. George...
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The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen has entered a third week of testimony. The prosecution is expected to finish its case this week. Prosecutors are now tying up loose ends, calling a number of witnesses to hammer home key points. The governor's former brother-in-law testified about how the McDonnells were financially strapped, alt...
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Voters in Fairfax and Arlington counties are getting ready to head to the polls in a special election for the House of Delegates. The unexpected retirement of longtime delegate Bob Brink, who recently joined the McAuliffe administration, has opened the door to an unusually co...
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A Virginia state official says former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell ended a meeting in his office with top staffers by touting the effectiveness of an anti-inflammatory pill marketed by the wealthy businessman who showered him and his wife with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans. Sara Wilson, director of the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management, testifie...
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In Virginia, a close associate to businessman Jonnie Williams is adding dimension to the relationship between him and former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell. Paul Perito, a former executive of Star Scientific, testified that he would have stopped Jonnie Williams' gift-giving if he had known about it at the time. On the stand today, Perito recalled how Williams called him so...
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Federal prosecutors in Virginia are laying out their case that former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen engaged in a corrupt scheme to help a Virginia businessman in exchange for money and gifts. But to buy that argument, jurors will need to connect the dots. Prosecutors have already warned jurors they lack a singular piece of evidence tying their case t...
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The woman who ran the Virginia governor's mansion under former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell testified today that the governor and his wife appeared to be a happy couple. But she may have undercut the government's case on cross-examination. Sarah Scarbrough took the stand today and said Bob and Maureen McDonnell seemed like a happy couple, very much in love. That testimo...
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The woman who served as chief of staff to Virginia's former first lady offered insight into life at the Governor's Mansion in Richmond. Mary-Shea Sutherland described working for Maureen McDonnell as a hellish experience. On the stand in the corruption trial of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, she described frequent outbursts from the first lady. By contrast, she descr...
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Jurors in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell have heard from a former Virginia health official. She testified that she met with the wealthy nutritional supplements executive who lavished the McDonnells with in gifts and loans. When she took the stand yesterday, Molly Huffstetler outlined how she met with McDonnell's wife, Maureen, and Star Scientific ...
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The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has begun its second week. Former Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams, the prosecution's star witness, is done with his testimony after nearly three full days on the stand. But did he deliver everything that government prosecutors hoped he would? When defense attorney Bill Burck told members of the jury ...
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In Virginia, a defense lawyer is attacking the credibility of the key witness in the corruption trial of Virginia's former governor and his wife. Defense attorney William Burck is zeroing in on inconsistencies in what Jonnie Williams told investigators in several interviews about his association with former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. He also questioned Wil...