Senator Mark Warner is standing with Governor McDonnell

WAVY News Reporter, Andy Fox recently sat down with Virginia Senator, Mark Warner. One of the topics that came up was Governor McDonnell’s case. Read Andy’s article below: WAVY News, August 18 2016 — Andy Fox asked Warner whether the federal government should continue prosecuting former Governor Bob McDonnell after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his corruption convictions, sending the case back to the lower court for a possible new trial. Warner is with McDonnell on that. “I think this process should come to a conclusion,” the senator said. “I …

Governor McAuliffe: “it is time to move on”

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Scott Wise, WTVR (June 29 2016) – Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said he does not believe former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell should face trial again on federal corruption charges “I think now that the Supreme Court has ruled I’m hoping this is the beginning of the end of the process,” Governor McAuliffe said. “This man has paid the price, it is time to move on.” Governor McAuliffe, along with so many others stand with Governor McDonnell and believe it is time to put this to rest, once and for all. …

What’s the next chapter in Governor McDonnell’s life?

McDonnell wants the final chapter to be: “it’s over.” WAVY TV, Andy Fox (July 1, 2016) — … However, the decision on whether he can be successfully prosecuted and convicted on narrower definitions of what “official acts” are has yet to be made. The Supreme Court decided an “official act” is not setting up a meeting, or holding a product launch in the Governor’s Mansion, or making phone calls. The “official act” comes by strong-arming the outcome of that meeting. Although we have made amazing progress in this hard-fought battle, we still …

BREAKING NEWS: GOP leaders urge feds to dismiss former Virginia gov’s case

WRIC ABC News, RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Top Virginia Republicans have asked the Justice Department to stop trying to convict former Gov. Bob McDonnell of corruption. House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Friday that prosecuting McDonnell again will “unnecessarily disrupt” the state and be costly to taxpayers. McDonnell was convicted in 2014 of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans. The Supreme Court overturned McDonnell’s conviction in June, saying his actions were …

A Legal Summary of Justice Roberts’ Written Opinion

Friends, Thank you for the continued support throughout this long battle. We could not have done it without you. However, we need your support now more than ever as we await the prosecutor’s decision to retry the case. Your continued support means the world to the McDonnell Family. Please take a moment to read this legal analysis from Ellen Podgor from the LPB Network on the Governor’s Vacated Conviction: Ellen Podgor, LPB Network (27 June 2016) – It was the last decision issued by the US Supreme Court this term, and an …

Reflections on the McDonnell Saga

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Michael Thompson, The Jefferson Journal (12 July 2016) – Justice Department lawyers and lower federal courts have been unanimously over-ruled by the U.S. Supreme Court in the corruption case brought against former Governor Bob McDonnell. The Supreme Court’s ruling is a breath of fresh air. Johnny Williams, a person McDonnell thought was a friend, offered and the former Governor and his family members accepted, $175,000 in various gifts. A Governor, any Governor, simply should not accept such gifts, because there is no way it can ever look “good.” So what did …

CS Monitor: “The law’s fine line between graft and access”

Christian Science Monitor Editorial Board (27 June 2016) –  “In a rare unanimous ruling, the US Supreme Court has overturned the corruption conviction of a former Virginia governor, Robert McDonnell. The high court’s decision said the judge in Mr. McDonnell’s trial failed to tell a jury that it must look only at his “official acts,” or the former governor’s decisions on “specific” and “pending” issues related to his duties.” The Supreme Court Case, McDonnell v. United States set an important precedent for the future of our democracy. Before this historic case, there …

USA Today: Clear and correct on corruption

USA TODAY – Jay Sekulow: “In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and slapped down yet another executive power grab — this time checking the power of arbitrary federal prosecution… In the end, this case was about whether the government may arbitrarily prosecute an official for granting mere access to financial supporters. According to the Constitution, and a unanimous Supreme Court, the answer is ‘No.’” We are beyond grateful for the Supreme Court’s Decision to vacate the Governor’s conviction. In these troubling …

Governor Terry McAuliffe Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

Gov. Terry McAuliffe – 1:43 p.m. “Governor Bob McDonnell and his family have remained in my thoughts and prayers throughout this episode. The governor made mistakes and has apologized, but the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that his trial should not have resulted in a criminal conviction. It is my hope that today’s ruling is the beginning of the end of this difficult process for our Commonwealth.”