News sources revealed today that two pending cases will finally go to trial today in Virginia – the Kashif Bashir case and former Governor Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen.
The Kashif Bashir trial was announced this morning on local Virginia/D.C. station Newschannel 8. Bashir’s trial was postponed twice due to whether he was competent enough to stand trial after psychological testing.
Bashir, 27, was a former cab driver in Alexandria when he opened fire on Officer Peter Laboy and shot him in the head during a traffic stop on Feb. 27, 2013. The policeman was responding to a call from a boutique in which a suspicious man fled in a taxicab. Laboy was wearing a bullet proof vest when shot.
Bashir was charged with “malicious wounding of an officer” and ordered to be held without bond. He had a preliminary hearing that April.
Laboy was hospitalized for several months and received accolades, gifts and donations due to his calamity. He is a 17-year veteran with the Alexandria Police Department and the father of four. He is successfully recovering.
Former Governor Bob McDonnell and wife Maureen began their trial today in Richmond, Va. According to news sources, they arrived separately at the courthouse.
The corruption case involves the couple taking money and gifts from a businessman and the former first lady accused of perjury. NBC4 Washington gave their analysis on the actual charges which was printed in a previous article from this author –
The Republican and his wife are charged in a 14-count indictment with accepting more than $165,000 from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc. In exchange, they would help promote his products, according to prosecutors. Those gifts include shopping sprees for designer clothes and accessories, a Rolex watch, $15,000 in catering expenses for a daughter's wedding, golf outings and a lake-house vacation stay that included use of Williams' Ferrari, according to the indictment.
Among the potential witnesses to stand trial will be the McDonnell children.
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