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Unflattering Portrait of Ex-Va. First Lady Emerges

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RICHMOND, VA - JANUARY 24: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen leave the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, on January 24, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. McDonnell and his wife Maureen pleaded not guilty to a 14 count criminal indictment from federal grand jury charging that the couple violated federal corruption laws by using their positions to benefit a wealthy businessman who gave them gifts and loans. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

RICHMOND, VA – JANUARY 24: Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen leave the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, on January 24, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. McDonnell and his wife Maureen pleaded not guilty to a 14 count criminal indictment from federal grand jury charging that the couple violated federal corruption laws by using their positions to benefit a wealthy businessman who gave them gifts and loans. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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RICHMOND, Va. — The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has already had plenty of embarrassing moments for the onetime first lady.

She’s been portrayed by former aides as a screaming tyrant. One acknowledged calling her a “nutbag.”

And her own attorney said she had a crush on the wealthy businessman who, according to prosecutors, lavished the McDonnells with thousands of dollars in gifts and loans in exchange for promoting his company’s products.

As bad as it has been for the first lady, it could get even worse. Defense attorneys have largely been responsible for the portrait that has emerged in the McDonnells’ corruption trial, and they are expected to call other former Maureen McDonnell aides to the stand after they begin presenting their case Monday.

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