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Testimony Wraps In McDonnell Trial, Closing Arguments Expected Friday

Testimony in the corruption trial of former Republican Governor Bob McDonnell has concluded.

Judge James Spencer has sent the jurors home for the day to allow the lawyers to haggle over jury instructions. That means closing arguments in the case are expected Friday morning.

McDonnell and his wife are charged with accepting $177,000 in luxury gifts and travel accommodations from a wealthy Virginia businessman who was seeking influence with the state to benefit his company's nutritional supplement, which is made of tobacco.

Leaving the courthouse this afternoon, the governor said he was confident in his legal team's defense. "We've got three of the best law firms in the country that are working on this case, and I've got great faith in them, and they are tremendously personally dedicated to the cause and they are great lawyers, so I'm very confident."

The former governor is facing 30 years in prison if convicted.

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