BREAKING NEWS: GOP leaders urge feds to dismiss former Virginia gov’s case

WRIC ABC News, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Top Virginia Republicans have asked the Justice Department to stop trying to convict former Gov. Bob McDonnell of corruption. House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Friday that prosecuting McDonnell again will “unnecessarily disrupt” the state and be costly to taxpayers. McDonnell was convicted in 2014 of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans. The Supreme Court overturned McDonnell’s conviction in June, saying his actions were …

A Legal Summary of Justice Roberts’ Written Opinion

Friends, Thank you for the continued support throughout this long battle. We could not have done it without you. However, we need your support now more than ever as we await the prosecutor’s decision to retry the case. Your continued support means the world to the McDonnell Family. Please take a moment to read this legal analysis from Ellen Podgor from the LPB Network on the Governor’s Vacated Conviction: Ellen Podgor, LPB Network (27 June 2016) – It was the last decision issued by the US Supreme Court this term, and an …

Reflections on the McDonnell Saga

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Michael Thompson, The Jefferson Journal (12 July 2016) – Justice Department lawyers and lower federal courts have been unanimously over-ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court in the corruption case brought against former Governor Bob McDonnell. The Supreme Court’s ruling is a breath of fresh air. Johnny Williams, a person McDonnell thought was a friend, offered and the former Governor and his family members accepted, $175,000 in various gifts. A Governor, any Governor, simply should not accept such gifts, because there is no way it can ever look “good.” So what did …

CS Monitor: “The law’s fine line between graft and access”

Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board (27 June 2016) –  “In a rare unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court has overturned the corruption conviction of a former Virginia governor, Robert McDonnell. The high court’s decision said the judge in Mr. McDonnell’s trial failed to tell a jury that it must look only at his “official acts,” or the former governor’s decisions on “specific” and “pending” issues related to his duties.” The Supreme Court Case, McDonnell v. United States set an important precedent for the future of our democracy. Before this historic case, there …

USA Today: Clear and correct on corruption

USA TODAY – Jay Sekulow: “In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and slapped down yet another executive power grab — this time checking the power of arbitrary federal prosecution… In the end, this case was about whether the government may arbitrarily prosecute an official for granting mere access to financial supporters. According to the Constitution, and a unanimous Supreme Court, the answer is ‘No.’” We are beyond grateful for the Supreme Court’s Decision to vacate the Governor’s conviction. In these troubling …

Governor Terry McAuliffe Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Gov. Terry McAuliffe – 1:43 p.m. “Governor Bob McDonnell and his family have remained in my thoughts and prayers throughout this episode. The governor made mistakes and has apologized, but the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that his trial should not have resulted in a criminal conviction. It is my hope that today’s ruling is the beginning of the end of this difficult process for our Commonwealth.”

Statement from Bob McDonnell On U.S. Supreme Court Opinion

Statement from Bob McDonnell On U.S. Supreme Court Opinion VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (June 27, 2016) — I express my heartfelt gratitude to the justices of the United States Supreme Court for the time and attention they have given to the law in my case. Today, a unanimous United States Supreme Court Vacated my convictions, and it is a day in which my family and I rejoice and give thanks. From the outset, I strongly asserted my innocence before God and under the law. I have not, and would not, betray …

Ruling

We have not received a ruling as of today but expect one on Thursday June 23rd, Monday June 27th or Thursday June 30th. We ask for your Prayers.

Case to acquit McDonnell is strong

Editor, Times-Dispatch: In response to the Op/Ed column, “Why the court of public opinion should reconsider case of Gov. Bob McDonnell” by Andrew Miller and Anthony Troy: I am a life-long politically active Democrat. I voted against McDonnell. I vehemently disagreed with some of the bills he championed and was thrilled when the next administration overturned them. And I feel very strongly that the entire legal case against McDonnell is stunningly unfair and baseless. Every politician and successful businessperson networks with supporters. It is common courtesy to introduce people who …

Great story in the Richmond Times over the weekend.

By Andrew P. Miller and Anthony F. Troy Following the April 27 hearing at the U.S. Supreme Court in which the justices appeared to side with former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, suggesting that he was wrongly convicted for corruption, some opinion commentators and pundits went into overdrive. “The Supreme Court is about to legalize corruption,” they shrieked. While this “court of public opinion” has tried, convicted and placed McDonnell on political death row already, it would do well for these pundits to put aside their political bias and honestly assess …