McDonnell asks Supreme Court to review case

Bob and Maureen McDonnell (Associated Press photo)

Bob and Maureen McDonnell
(Associated Press photo)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his public corruption convictions. McDonnell’s attorneys filed their petition Tuesday, arguing that he was convicted based on an overly broad definition of corruption that puts all elected officials at risk of prosecution. Prosecutors have 30 days to respond. The justices have no deadline for deciding whether to consider the appeal.  McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in September 2014 of doing favors for a former vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Meanwhile, a federal appeals court put Maureen McDonnell’s case on hold until the Supreme Court decides whether to review her husband’s convictions. Both were sentenced to prison but remain free while they pursue appeals.

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