AAA  Aug. 29, 2014 1:56 PM ET
Attorneys for ex-first lady make final arguments
By LARRY O'DELL and MATTHEW BARAKAT, Associated Press THE ASSOCIATED PRESS STATEMENT OF NEWS VALUES AND PRINCIPLES 
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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, center, arrives at federal court with his daughter Jeanine McDonnell Zubowsky, left, and son Bobby McDonnell, right, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, in Richmond, Va. Closing arguments are expected to begin Friday in the McDonnell's corruption case. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(AP) — Lawyers for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are telling jurors in her corruption trial that her interactions with a businessman who showered her with gifts may have been "tacky" but they are not illegal.

Jurors heard closing arguments Friday. Bob and Maureen McDonnell are accused of taking more than $165,000 in loans and gifts from former Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for using the governor's office to tout a tobacco-based health supplement, Anatabloc.

Maureen McDonnell's lawyer, William Burck, argued the former first lady couldn't have carried out any official acts to help Williams because she was not a public official. He said the McDonnells' broken marriage showed she was operating independently of her husband in her dealings with Williams.

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