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McDonnells Barred From 'Substantive' Talk On Case With Family, Friends

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his daughter, Cailin and her husband, Chris Young, listen during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell makes a statement as his daughter, Cailin and her husband, Chris Young, listen during a news conference in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

A federal judge in Virginia is limiting what former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, can discuss with friends and family before their trial on corruption charges.

Magistrate Judge David Novak is ordering the McDonnells not to have any "substantive" discussions about their case with any potential witnesses, including family and longtime friends.

Novak had ordered the hearing today to clarify with whom the McDonnells could and couldn't talk before their July trial.

Lawyers for the McDonnells wanted fewer restrictions, with prohibited conversations limited only to potential witnesses' testimony.

Prosecutors initially wanted heftier limits to prevent the McDonnells from having any contact with potential witnesses other than family.

The McDonnells have denied charges they accepted thousands of dollars in loans and gifts in exchange for official actions for the former CEO of a dietary supplement-maker.

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