McDonnell’s bribery conviction overturned
Monday, Jun. 27
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in a ruling that could make it harder for prosecutors to bring corruption cases against elected officials.
McDonnell had been found guilty in 2014 of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement. He was sentenced to two years in prison, but was allowed to remain free while the justices weighed his appeal.
The justices voted to narrow the scope of a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for "official action," saying it does not cover routine courtesies like setting up meetings or hosting events for constituents.
The high court took no position on whether prosecutors can try McDonnell again. The case now returns to lower courts to decide that question.
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