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Bob McDonnell Request Gets Denied By Federal Judge

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address before a joint session of the 2014 General Assembly at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. McDonnell leaves office on Saturday. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge is denying a request by former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's defense team to limit prosecutors' involvement in a civil case against the government's key witness.

Judge James R. Spencer ruled in court Tuesday against the defense team.

Prosecutors had previously requested and received a delay in a civil case involving Jonnie Williams, the former Star Scientific CEO who gave more than $165,000 in gifts and loans to McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.

The McDonnells have been charged with improperly helping Star Scientific in exchange for the gifts and loans.

Lawyers for the former governor argued unsuccessfully that the prosecutors' request for a delay interfered with the defense team's ability to collect evidence. Williams is being sued by investors who say he falsely promoted Star Scientific's products.

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