Virginia

Virginia Governor's Lawyers Trying to Convince Prosecutors Not to Charge Governor, Wife in Gifts Scandal

Decision to be made in next few weeks

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Attorneys for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will spend Monday locked in separate hours-long meetings trying to convince federal prosecutors that the first couple should not be charged in the gifts scandal that has dominated state politics.

The meetings open a new, critical phase of the investigation, timed to help prosecutors decide over the next few weeks whether to file charges, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.