Bond hearing scheduled for former governor

Lawmaker from our area reacts to indictment

RICHMOND, Va. - The arraignment and bond hearing for Virginia's former governor and his wife is set for Friday morning.

Bob and Maureen McDonnell had requested a delay for their first court appearance on 14 federal corruption charges because they said their attorney is traveling abroad and needs time to return.

A judge has denied that request.

The indictment alleges that McDonnell received $135,000 in direct payments, gifts and loans from Star Scientific CEO Johnnie Williams.

The former governor says he has done nothing illegal and called the indictment an "unjust overreach" by federal prosecutors.

Meanwhile, lawmakers continue to react to the indictment.

Senator Phillip Puckett of Lebanon is a Democrat who represents Virginians in the 38th District.

Today we talked to him by phone about what lawmakers can do to help prevent the corruption.

"I don't think there's any question the General Assembly has an opportunity here to do the right thing and strengthen laws on what we can and can't accept and should be reported," said Puckett.

Senator Puckett says he's stunned by the charges against the former governor.
But, Puckett says he also wants to make sure no one forgets about McDonnell's accomplishments in office, which include budget surpluses and a bi-partisan transportation plan.

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