The McDonnell defense team will not be able to keep certain details secret from prosecutors, according to the latest ruling from a federal judge late Thursday.
The defeat concerns McDonnell’s request to have a trial separate from his wife. The ruling came in just before our 6pm news, and we break it down at the top of the newscast below:
Defense lawyers asked U.S. District Judge James Spencer if they could file information under seal – facts supporting the former governor’s request for separate trials.
The McDonnell team asked to keep the information secret from prosecutors, saying government lawyers would gain insight into the defense’s trial strategy. Judge Spencer ruled the information can be kept secret from the public, but not from prosecutors.
McDonnell also requested a hearing to dismiss counts 1-11 of the criminal indictment at 10:00 a.m. May 19th. The McDonnells are already scheduled to present motions in the Richmond federal courtroom that date