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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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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...
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In Virginia, Congressman Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected. Cantor spokesman Doug Heye says the congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately. Hours after ...
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In the corruption trial of former governor Bob McDonell, a wealthy businessman who says his relationship with Virginia's former governor was all about business, sent text messages or called the governor's wife more than 1,200 times over the course of two years. A defense attorney in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, rais...
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In Virginia, businessman Jonnie Williams is expected back in court for a third day of testimony, capping off a dramatic first week in the corruption trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell — a trial expected to carry on for another four weeks. Corruption, power, romance, and lies. Week one had it all, and more. Now jurors are headed to the federal courthouse in Ric...
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Jurors in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell handled an important piece of evidence today in Richmond, Virginia. The seconds swept by on the personally inscribed Rolex watch as members of the jury took turns holding it, examining it and then p...
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Members of the jury in the corruption case against former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell are hearing from Jonnie Williams, the businessman at the center of the scandal. Was Jonnie Williams a lecherous scoundrel, out to seduce the governor's wife and use the Governor's Mansion as a launching pad for his nutritional supplement made from tobacco? Or was he the central figure...
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In Virginia, the assistant to the wealthy businessman at the center of the corruption case against former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has testified about arranging trips for the former first family. Jerri Fulkerson told a jury Wednesday that some of the trips she arranged were a McDonnell family vacation at a lake house owned by her boss, Jonnie Williams. She also ta...
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Prosecutors and defense attorneys have presented their opening statements in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. The lawyer representing the governor described his client as the kind of guy who eats Virginia ham and drinks Virginia wine. If he smoked, the defense attorney said, he would even smoke Virginia cigarettes. Maureen McDonnell's lawyer said h...