Supreme Court overturns corruption conviction of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell | Arkansas Blog

Monday, June 27, 2016

Supreme Court overturns corruption conviction of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2016 at 10:02 AM

In an 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for taking money and gifts from a company seeking Virginia support.

The Supreme Court said the jury had been improperly instructed on what constitutes an official act. McDonnell argued he'd only extended the usual courtesies of access — private meetings and the like — but had not taken official action on the gift-giver's behalf.

This will be welcome news to politicians everywhere, of course. The Supreme Court said the case — as argued and decided — could make crimes of common political practice. 

Everyone understands that people who give money to political candidates don't expect anything in return. Right?

The case could be retried.

Tags: , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (7)

Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-7 of 7

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansan on Obama's latest commutation list

    President Obama today announced commutations of the sentences of 111 federal prisoners, including one from Arkansas.
    • Aug 30, 2016
  • Baseball fans have a new place to stay

    If you missed out on Razorback baseball home games this year because you couldn’t find a great place to stay, your problem is now solved: Staybridge Suites of Fayetteville is now fully renovated and located directly across from Baum Stadium, with free parking for hotel guests.
    • May 22, 2017
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation