Some good news on a case that was a complete joke to begin with. Bob McDonnell was convicted of federal corruption charges for actions he took in the state of Virginia – actions that were likely ethically challenged, but perfectly legal in the state of Virginia.
The Supreme Court agreed and in June, unanimously overturned McDonnell’s conviction. Chief Justice Roberts wrote:
“If the court below determines that there is sufficient evidence for a jury to convict Governor McDonnell of committing or agreeing to commit an ‘official act,’ his case may be set for a new trial,” Roberts wrote. “If the court instead determines that the evidence is insufficient, the charges against him must be dismissed.”
The story today is coming from NBC:
The Department of Justice will not retry former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell after the Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction, sources say.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were found guilty in 2014 of accepting more than $165,000 in gifts, trips and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.
McDonnell has said he never took any official action to benefit Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams or pressured other public officials to do so. McDonnell said he simply performed routine courtesies for Williams, like setting up meetings and hosting events.
Prosecutors argued McDonnell accepted personal benefits with the understanding he would try to take official action to help Williams.
A jury in 2014 found McDonnell guilty of breaking a law that bars public officials from taking gifts in exchange for “official action.” He was sentenced to two years in prison, but remained free while the high court considered his appeal.
Yet Hillary hasn’t been prosecuted.