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Then, earlier this month, Mr. Cuccinelli gave a Richmond charity $18,000 — the same value as gifts he accepted from Mr. Williams.

After the 15-minute hearing, Mr. Schneider spoke to reporters outside the downtown courthouse.

“It’s been a very difficult situation but it’s a beautiful day here in Richmond,” said Mr. Schneider, smiling broadly. “It’s time for me to move on, love life and love myself (and) make great food for people.”