Rulings Tuesday in Va. in ex-gov’s corruption case

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 file photo, Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, right, and his wife, Maureen, center, behind McDonnell, are surrounded by family and supporters as they leave Federal court in Richmond, Va. The former first lady of Virginia and her husband, former Gov. Bob McDonnell, have been indicted on several counts of trading on their influence to enrich themselves and family members.(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A judge says he’ll rule Tuesday on key defense requests in the federal corruption prosecution of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer heard arguments Monday in Richmond from attorneys for McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

They are seeking the dismissal of most of the corruption charges filed against them, as well as separate trials.

The government opposes both requests.

The Republican and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc. In exchange, they would help promote his products, according to prosecutors.

The McDonnells have pleaded not guilty.

A jury trial that is expected to last at least five weeks is scheduled to begin in late July.

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