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Prosecutors oppose McDonnell instructions demand

Tuesday - 2/4/2014, 11:10am  ET

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has no legal right to see the instructions that were given to a grand jury that indicted him on corruption charges.

In court papers filed in Richmond, prosecutors say McDonnell's lawyers used a motion for disclosure "as a public forum to castigate the government" without stating any legal basis for lifting the secrecy that normally applies to grand jury proceedings.

Monday's filing comes in response to a strongly worded motion by McDonnell that questioned the validity of the charges against him and his wife, Maureen.

The McDonnells are accused of accepting thousands of dollars in gifts from the former CEO of a dietary supplements company in exchange for promoting his products. Their trial has been set for July.


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