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McDonnells -- and politics -- about to stand trial

McDonnells -- and politics -- about to stand trial

RICHMOND — Bob and Maureen McDonnell start the trial Monday that will dictate the rest of their lives. Also on trial: Unsavory cash-fueled elements of politics, and Virginia's particular tradition of donor generosity toward the state's political elite. A conviction may mean serious prison time for the former governor and his wife, and a clearer line between the unscrupulous and the criminal in modern politics. Once selected, jurors will hear a tale that could have been pulled from a Greek tragedy, updated for the governor's mansion. A powerful and respected man, once seriously discussed as a vice presidential candidate, laid low by a gift scandal that grew out of his...