Rolex passed among ju­rors in ex-Va. gov trial

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

RICH­MOND, Va. (AP) — A for­mer CEO tes­ti­fied Thurs­day that his cozy re­la­tion­ship with Vir­ginia's first fam­ily was a poor busi­ness de­ci­sion, not friend­ship.

The govern­ment's star wit­ness in the cor­rup­tion trial against for­mer Gov. Bob McDon­nell and his wife, Mau­reen, tes­ti­fied that he show­ered the fam­ily with gifts re­quested by the for­mer first lady. But busi­ness­man Jon­nie Wil­liams said he shouldn't have had to buy things such as an ex­pen­sive Rolex to get the help he needed for his com­pany, Star Sci­en­tific Inc.

"It was a bad de­ci­sion on my part to buy that watch when she asked for it," Wil­liams said. "I shouldn't have had to buy things like that to get the help I needed."

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