Great article in the daily Press earlier this month.

Re: “Send a message, ” May 3
The letter writter states that former Gov. Bob McDonnell violated voter trust by taking a “bribe” and that the Supreme Court is “trying to decide if what he took was enough to warrant the lower court’s verdict.”
This is incorrect.
To commit bribery, an official must agree to perform an “official action” on behalf of the person making the bribe — either to make a specific decision on the briber’s behalf or to sway a decision by another official.
Yet Gov. McDonnell did neither of these.
Federal corruption laws limit bribery to blatant and specific attempts to influence governmental action.
The government, in its prosecution of Gov. McDonnell, convinced a jury that routine constituent services, such as expressing an interest in a donor’s business, recommending a meeting, or inviting a donor to a cocktail reception, constituted official governmental action. This cannot be a crime.
That is why, in an unprecedented show of support for McDonnell, nearly 300 of the country’s top legal minds, bi-partisan political figures, business leaders, advocacy groups, civil rights leaders and other policymakers filed 13 amicus briefs stating that the conviction should be overturned.
Signers of these briefs include former White House counsel for every president from Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan, including Greg Craig (Obama), John M. Quinn (Clinton), Lanny Davis (Clinton), Fred F. Fielding (Reagan and George W. Bush) and C. Boyden Gray (George H.W. Bush) as well as 83 former state attorneys general from 46 states.
John F. Biagas,
president/CEO of Bay Electric Co., Inc., signed one of the amicus briefs in support of former Gov. McDonnell.
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