Feds to drop charges against Bob and Maureen McDonnell

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
(Associated Press photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors will not pursue another case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell or his wife Maureen after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction last month, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said Thursday. The decision ends a yearlong legal saga for the former governor and once-rising Republican star, who was convicted in 2014 of violating federal bribery law by accepting luxury gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting his dietary supplement. The high court unanimously held that McDonnell’s actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily violate federal bribery laws.

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