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Former governor McDonnell requests new trial

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Posted at 6:54 PM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-30 18:54:21-04

Virginia’s former governor wants a new trial.

Bob McDonnell’s lawyers filed the paperwork today.

His lawyers say the judge didn’t examine potential jurors for the case claiming they were swayed by pre-trial coverage.

Bob and Maureen McDonnell were found guilty of numerous criminal charges in a six-week corruption trial ending in September.

The couple traded favors to businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for loans, vacations and luxury gifts.

Maureen is set to be sentenced in February.

Bob was set to be sentenced in January.

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