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 offered by the couple's attorneys. In court this morning, they argued that the government failed to show they violate any laws.
Prosecutors rested their case Thursday after nearly three weeks of testimony. The defense is set to begin its case on Monday.
The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from the former CEO of a dietary supplements maker in exchange for promoting his company's products.
They could face decades in prison if convicted.