The Justice Department on September 8 announced that it is dropping its corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s eleven corruption convictions. The jury that convicted McDonnell was given erroneous instructions, according to the Court. At issue was the question of what constitutes an “official act.”… Continue Reading
On Monday this week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned the 2014 corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.
As a refresher, Gov. McDonnell, directly and through his spouse, accepted over $175,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the CEO of a Virginia-based business known as Star Scientific.… Continue Reading
The Supreme Court of the United States is currently finalizing its review of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2015 conviction, with the Court’s opinion expected at the end of June.… Continue Reading
Effective ethics laws, in Virginia and elsewhere, depend on enforcement through prosecution, independent ethics review boards, ethics training, and transparency and openness in government. In other words, Virginia will have to do more than change a few gift laws currently under review.… Continue Reading
An awakening for the Commonwealth of Virginia occurred when the U.S. Justice Department indicted the state’s former governor for public corruption. Bob McDonnell was ultimately convicted on 11 counts of conspiracy, bribery, and extortion.… Continue Reading
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife Maureen sobbed in federal court when a jury convicted them Thursday of corruption following a five week trial that at times resembled a TV soap opera.… Continue Reading
While the beleaguered Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (“WMATA”) is often the subject of negative press about its service issues and mismanagement, the organization faced a new type of headline last week.… Continue Reading
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged in a federal indictment Tuesday with taking bribes from a businessman in exchange for political favors.
McDonnell, a Republican, becomes the first governor of Virginia to face criminal charges.… Continue Reading
As I discussed in Parts I and II of this series, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are embroiled in significant ethics scandals that involve Star Scientific and Jonnie R.… Continue Reading