Supreme Court threw out the the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Monday.
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Bob McDonnell appeared before the U. Supreme Court to ask the court to overturn his federal corruption conviction. On March 7, , Alabama state troopers, under orders from Gov. George Wallace, attacked civil-rights demonstrators marching from Selma to Montgomery.
Maureen McDonnell, wife of Virginia's former Gov. Bob McDonnell, was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for her role in a corruption scheme. Lawyers for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison, calling his bribery conviction "a total aberration.
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Bob McDonnell and his wife are a "simple case" of cash and gifts exchanged for favors. Bob McDonnell testified that his years in politics put increasing stress on his marriage, and he is now living away from his wife. First Prev Page 1 of 7 Last Next. Social Security must be reformed in order to ensure that it remains sustainable in the decades ahead Politics Perry moves away from calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme Sep 18, This story casts him in a wholly different light for many people who did not know about McDonnell's past views on a variety of social issues.
He added: "From the outset, I strongly asserted my innocence before God and under the law.
I have not, and would not, betray the sacred trust the people of Virginia bestowed upon me during 22 years in elected office. A group of his supporters also held a news conference with reporters hailing the ruling, citing a diverse range of legal voices that expressed concern with the broadness of the law. Former Virginia Attorney General Andrew Miller, who served in the s, said he was frustrated after oral arguments when coverage of the justice's skepticism for the statute was characterized as "'the Supreme Court gets ready to legalize corruption.
Bill Stanley. McDonnell, like her husband, was wrongfully convicted," Burck said. The ruling has the potential to impact several high-profile corruption cases.
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Attorneys for Sheldon Silver, the former New York State Assembly speaker who was sentenced to 12 years in May for taking bribes and kickbacks, said they plan to use the ruling in appeals. Silver's appeal. But prosecutors in that case believe their conviction would be upheld even with the court ruling.
Attorney's Office spokesman James M. In the case of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a jury found him guilty of charges including attempting to sell the Senate seat vacated by the election of President Barack Obama. Though an appeals court last year threw out a handful of his convictions, they upheld others relating to soliciting campaign contributions for naming someone to the empty seat. Blagojevich is scheduled for a resentencing in August in light of the appeals court decision, and the case may come up, according to his attorney Len Goodman.
But the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling may be limited, Goodman said.
Goodman also expressed frustration that Blagojevich's prison sentence and conviction has been upheld when he's not accused of taking flashy gifts. He was quite scrupulous. He bought his own clothes, he bought is own Cubs tickets. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Executive Director Noah Bookbinder blasted the decision, saying it makes it harder to prosecute public officials for corruption.
The government argued that McDonnell received loans, deluxe shopping trips and golf outings and in return used the power of his office to help Williams' company.
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McDonnell -- who attended oral arguments with his wife Maureen -- asked the Supreme Court to reverse his conviction. In , he had been on the verge of reporting to prison for his two-year sentence when the court allowed him to stay out of jail pending his appeal. McDonnell's lawyers argued that his actions were limited to routine political courtesies and he never put his thumb on a scale by exercising government power on Williams' behalf.