Bob McDonnell Team Files Reply Brief With U.S. Supreme Court Today

Brief Argues That Government Overstepped Scope Of Federal Corruption Laws; Also Slams Federal Prosecutors For Displaying “Extraordinary Disregard” For Unanimous Supreme Court Decisions in Seeking to “Brandish Open-Ended Felonies” WASHINGTON, DC (April 13, 2016) – Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s legal team filed its Reply Brief with the nation’s highest court today, arguing that in convicting McDonnell, the U.S. government dramatically overstepped the bounds of federal corruption laws and that federal prosecutors displayed “extraordinary disregard” for unanimous Supreme Court decisions in seeking to “brandish open-ended felonies.” Today’s brief is in …

One Month Until the U.S. Supreme Court Hears Governor McDonnell’s Case

Friends, We are less than one month until the U.S. Supreme Court hears Governor McDonnell’s case. One of the new amicus briefs filed by the James Madison Center for Free Speech (“Madison Center”) is especially important right now in our country’s history because it states that if the definition of quid pro quo that was applied to Gov. McDonnell’s case is allowed to stand, this would criminalize not only politics, but also elections as well. And this, during one of the most important presidential elections of our time… The Madison …

UPDATES Overwhelming Support for former Governor Bob McDonnell

Friends, Last week, we learned that the US Supreme Court will hear Governor Bob McDonnell’s important case on April 27. This week, we witnessed an unprecedented and incredible show of national support for Bob, when hundreds of the country’s top legal minds, scholars, political figures from both parties, business leaders, advocacy groups, civil rights leaders and other policy makers filed 13 compelling amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court – all stating that Bob’s conviction must be overturned. The 13 amicus briefs include an array of interests representing virtually every …

13 Amicus Briefs to Support Former Governor Bob McDonnell

See below for the most recent Amicus Briefs supporting former Governor Bob McDonnell: 15-474 The American Center for Law and Justice in Support of Petitioner 15-474 Virginia Law Professors in Support of the Petitioner 15-474 Public Policy Advocates and Business Leaders in Support of Petitioner 15-474 Republican Governors Public Policy Committee in Support of Petitioner 15-474 Law Professors in Support of Petitioner 15-474 The American Center for Law and Justice in Support of Petitioner 15-474 The American Center for Law and Justice in Support of Petitioner 15-474 Brief of Benjamin Todd …

Bob McDonnell Files U.S. Supreme Court Opening Brief TODAY!

Bob McDonnell Files U.S. Supreme Court Opening Brief TODAY! This afternoon, counsel for Governor McDonnell filed their opening brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, focused on the central question of what legally constitutes an “official action” by an elected official under the federal corruption laws. The brief takes on the five supposedly “official acts” at the heart of the government’s case, acts that were all limited to the most routine political activities: arranging meetings, asking questions, and attending events. There is no dispute that Governor McDonnell never …

Stay Up to Date on Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s Pending Case

See below for the updates re. former Governor Bob McDonnell’s pending case. McDonnell v. United States   Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term 15-474 4th Cir.  TBD TBD TBD TBD OT 2015 Issue: Whether “official action” under the controlling fraud statutes is limited to exercising actual governmental power, threatening to exercise such power, or pressuring others to exercise such power, and whether the jury must be so instructed; or, if not so limited, whether the Hobbs Act and honest-services fraud statute are unconstitutional. Date Proceedings and Orders …

Bob McDonnell Supreme Court Decision “Could Affect Day-To-Day Functioning Of Our Democratic Government,” Say Prominent Federal Officials

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Friends and supporters, As you know, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear Governor McDonnell’s case this April, and we need your help because there is so much at stake: not just for Bob, but for all public officials and campaign contributors in the country. According to a VERY prominent group of former federal officials, the outcome of Bob’s case could very well affect the day-to-day functioning of our democratic government. The members of the group are: John Ashcroft (U.S. Attorney General and U.S. Senator), 
Gregory B. Craig (Counsel to President …

Help Our Friend and Yours, Gov. Bob McDonnell

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Friends, With the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear Bob’s case, we – and you – have an opportunity to help correct a truly extraordinary injustice. Very soon, the court will scrutinize the law pertaining to Bob’s case and, by doing so, will make a decision that could change the face of American politics. The question they will decide is: what are normal services and interactions between elected officials and constituents, and what is illegal corruption? Elected officials serve the people who elected them. This is accomplished in …

GEORGE WILL: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF POLITICS

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/virginias-former-governor-faces-prison-over-politics/2016/01/06/2af3ff74-b3e6-11e5-9388-466021d971de_story.html https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/virginias-former-governor-faces-prison-over-politics/2016/01/06/2af3ff74-b3e6-11e5-9388-466021d971de_story.html The impulse to ferret corruption from politics corrupts the criminal justice system when it causes overzealous prosecutors and judges to improvise novel interpretations of the law of bribery. Consider Robert F. McDonnell’s case. Virginia’s former Republican governor has been sentenced to prison for actions that he could not have reasonably anticipated would be declared felonies under a dangerous judicial expansion of federal law defining bribery of public officials. Friday the Supreme Court is expected to decide whether to review McDonnell’s conviction. Compelling reasons for doing so are explained …

BOB MCDONNELL’S CONVICTION SHOULD CONCERN ALL AMERICANS

Powerful op-ed from former Democratic Attorney General Anthony Troy on why the Supreme Court should hear Governor McDonnell’s appeal and the potentially chilling impact his conviction could have on our public servants. Bob McDonnell’s conviction should concern all Americans