Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell (L) leaves U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia with his son Bobby (R) after jury began their deliberations on his corruption trial Sept. 2, 2014, 2014 in Richmond, Va.
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Your reaction to the big breaking news of the week


Thursday afternoon, we witnessed a flurry of major news break all at the same time. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was found guilty of 11 counts of corruption, and we learned the tragic news that comedy legend Joan Rivers had died. We saw you engaging in great discussions around these events. Here we present your reactions, in your own words. 

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On the Bob McDonnell verdict: 

“An American Jury actually found a politician guilty of a crime based on laws passed by politicians who sought to exempt themselves from such laws? This will be appealed from now until we run out of lawyers!”

“There are crooked politicians in both parties. Nothing new. However, if the sentence handed down sent a message not to engage in this type of behavior in the future it might act as a deterrent. Make an example for all to see both Democrats and Republicans. No white collar prison. Make him pay his time like any other criminal.”

“As a Republican let me say this, “GOOD!” The laws are loose enough that politicians can enrich themselves and keep it completely legal. Anyone who does this type of garbage should be convicted and serve time. I said a long time ago what McDonnell did was far worse than what Blagojevich went to prison for. Blagojevich went to prison for talking about committing a crime … McDonnell had the money spent. This isn’t about team it is about reminding those in office they serve the people!”

On the death of Joan Rivers: 

“What a hoot she was … Both Joan Rivers and Robin Williams will be rolling the heavens with laughter. Trust me … they will not by any means be resting in peace … they will be just doing their thing …”

“My fondest memories of Joan were her many appearances on the Ed Sullivan show. She was consistently hysterical. Her love and respect for Ed was well known. Ed really knew how to spot and present new talent. Similarly, her guest hosting spots on the Tonight Show were television gold. She kicked the door open for funny women everywhere. She was a true television pioneer. “

“This woman was a national treasure and never held back, whether you liked her humor or not.”

“Hopefully Joan taught some people not to be so sensitive and defensive and to lighten up, she was an equal opportunity insulter and she did it well. America has become too sensitive and she knew that and used it as an opportunity.”

MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall , 9/5/14, 11:06 AM ET

Tributes to comedian Joan Rivers pour in

Tamron Hall is joined by MSNBC’s Richard Lui and comedian Judy Gold to remember Joan Rivers’ personality, talent and storied legacy.

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Your reaction to the big breaking news of the week