The fate of former governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will soon be in the hands of a jury.
It was an electrifying day in the courthouse. Unshackled from the meticulous process of witness testimony- four lawyers made a emotional pleas to the jury. The last words those 12 people here before deciding the McDonnell's fate.
Jurors spent all day Friday hearing closing arguments from the defense and prosecution and now must mull thousands of pieces of evidence and 25 days of testimony as they decide the guilt or innocence of the former first couple on 14 charges.
First up- prosecutor David Harbach- who did not mince words. He said Bob McDonnell committed a crime and he reintroduced one of the most damning pieces of evidence to prove his point.
Two emails. The first from the then governor to the millionaire Jonnie Williams discussing the terms of a loan.
Harbach called that the "QUID".
Then six minutes later McDonnell emails his policy director, telling them they needed to discuss Anatabloc- Williams signature product.
The lawyer called that the "QUO".
Connecting the two was the "PRO"
"quid pro quo" or "this for that", bribery and a crime.
Bob McDonnell's defense attorney, Hank Asbill, told jurors Star Scientific, Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams never asked for anything and never received anything from his client. He argued that the former governor could have helped out the Henrico businessman if he wanted to, but never did. Instead, he argued the couple's marriage broke down and Williams used the opportunity to find a way to fill the void.
William Burck, who represents Maureen McDonnell, spent much of his closing arguments trying to destroy the credibility of Williams, arguing a "case built on the testimony of Williams is the very definition of reasonable doubt." He argued Maureen's actions may have been "tacky" or "unbecoming," but said they were not criminal.
Prosecutors, however, argued the former governor "wrapped himself in the flag of the Commonwealth and then stomped on it by selling out his office." Harbach accused Bob McDonnell of lying about his involvement with Williams and saying the McDonnells purposely hid gifts from Williams.
The final word went to lead prosecutor Michael Dry who summed up the case for the Government. He said:
"It is clear Mr. & Mrs. McDonnell accepted bribes from Jonnie Williams."
The jurors will receive final instructions Friday before being handed the case for deliberations.