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In Virginia, former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are scheduled to make their first appearance in court for an arraignment and bond hearing this morning.

McDonnell and his wife are accused violating public corruption laws by accepting cash, loans and gifts from a wealthy businessman in exchange for giving his company special treatment.

Earlier this week, a federal grandy jury returned a 14-count indictment against the couple. If convicted, they could face decades in prison.

According to the Washington Post, the governor rejected a plea deal prior to the indictment. That deal would have required McDonnell to plead guilty to a felony charge unrelated to public corruption and allow his wife to avoid all charges.

McDonnell has apologized for his actions and says he excercized poor judgement, but says he did nothing illegal.


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