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Case Against Bob McDonnell To Proceed

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RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 8:Outgoing Virginia governor Bob McDonnell delivers his final State of the Commonwealth address before newly elected Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe takes office at the Virginia State Capitol on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in Richmond, VA. McDonnell leaves office Saturday and remains under the threat of federal indictment related to more than $165,000 in gifts and loans that a Virginia businessman provided to him and his family.(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington P | The Washington Post via Getty Images

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, is set to go to trial this summer after a judge tossed out a motion to dismiss most of the charges against the couple.

U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer also ruled Tuesday that the former first couple should be tried together rather than apart.

The McDonnells lawyers had argued that the bulk of the case should be dismissed because prosecutors are trying to criminalize routine political courtesies. They also said Maureen McDonnell was willing to give testimony exonerating her husband in separate trials, but not in a joint trial.

The McDonnells were charged in January of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts loans from a dietary supplements maker in exchange for helping promote his products.

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