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Ex-Va. governor's wife: Corruption trial was unfair

Ex-Va. governor's wife: Corruption trial was unfair

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell's legal team said in court filings Monday that her convictions on several public corruption charges are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and that she did not receive a fair trial owing to mistakes by the presiding federal judge.

In a 101-page brief filed in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, her attorneys said McDonnell's convictions should be overturned or that, at minimum, she should be given another trial because of those errors.

McDonnell and her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, were convicted in a joint trial in September of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from former Star Scientific Inc....