Justice Department dropping corruption case against Bob McDonnell
Las Vegas Metro News.– The Justice Department is dropping its corruption prosecution against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell after the Supreme Court overturned McDonnell's convictions and threw up obstacles to retrying him.
A jury convicted McDonnell in 2014 on 11 felony counts stemming from his and his family's receipt of vacations, gifts and loans valued at $177,000 from a businessman promoting a tobacco-based dietary supplement. The former GOP governor was sentenced to two years in jail, but the sentence was put on hold as appeals played out.
In June, the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 that prosecutors had impermissibly mixed evidence of potentially illegal acts aimed at influencing official government actions with proof of routine courtesies such as meetings and invitations often extended to donors and political supporters.
The justices said prosecutors could proceed with the case if they could prove that McDonnell intended to or attempted to provide official help in exchange for the gifts and loans.
The convictions of McDonnell's wife, Maureen -and the year-and-a-day prison sentence she faced-are also expected to be tossed out.
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