Retrial for former governor?
Free Press wire reports | 9/9/2016, 5:53 p.m.
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned federal corruption convictions against former Gov. Bob McDonnell in June.
But the former Republican governor’s legal woes may not be over.
Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia reportedly recommended that the U.S. Justice Department retry Mr. McDonnell.
According to the Washington Post, “people familiar with the case” mentioned that the recommendation does not guarantee that Mr. McDonnell will have to return to court to again fight corruption charges.
Higher ranking officials will decide at a later date whether Mr. McDonnell will return to trial.
Asked if she would accept the recommendation of prosecutors who handled the case, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch told the Washington Post, “That’s working its way through the process, so I’m not able to give you a comment on that.”
Federal prosecutors have until Monday, Sept. 19, according to the Washington Post, to inform the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals if they are going to move forward with a trial.
In September 2014, a federal jury in Richmond found Mr. McDonnell guilty of 11 counts of corruption for accepting gifts and loans in excess of $177,000 from former Star Scientific CEO Johnnie R. Williams Sr.
The former governor was sentenced to two years in prison, but was allowed to remain free pending his appeals.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Mr. McDonnell’s convictions based on a ruling that the state’s definitions of what constitutes public corruption were too broad.
Mr. McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, also was convicted of eight counts of corruption for taking gifts in exchange for promoting Mr. Williams’ dietary supplement.
Mrs. McDonnell was sentenced to one year and one day in prison. Her appeal has been on hold pending the outcome of her husband’s case.