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Sister of ex-Virginia governor says family finances were sound

RICHMOND — The younger sister of Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia, testified on Tuesday that she had enough money to maintain the family’s real estate holdings, countering a contention by prosecutors that financial stress had made her brother vulnerable to the cash offerings of a dietary-supplement maker plying the governor with favors.

But at the same time, e-mails from the sister, Maureen Carney McDonnell, to her brother in 2009 and 2010 seemed to suggest the opposite. “We are in trouble and need to act NOW,” one e-mail in December 2009 said, suggesting a quick “short sale” on two beach properties, which would “not hurt our credit, unlike bankruptcy.”

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Lawyers began their second day of testimony in their defense of McDonnell and his wife, also named Maureen, on public corruption charges stemming from claims that the couple collected $160,000 in secretive loans and gifts from the businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

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