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It's Now Tougher to Go After Officials Accused of Bribery

SCOTUS unanimously overturns former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction

(Newser) - A reprieve for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, and, perhaps, for elected officials accused of corruption in general. A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday overturned the bribery conviction of McDonnell, who was in 2014 found guilty of taking more than $165,000 in gifts—including a $6,500 Rolex—and... More »

Ex-First Lady of Virginia Gets One Year in Prison

Maureen McDonnell sentenced in corruption case

(Newser) - A judge in Virginia today spoke of "two Maureen McDonnells," and then sentenced the one who cashed in on her role as the state's first lady to a year and one day in prison. The judge allowed McDonnell to remain free while she appeals, reports the Richmond ... More »

Ex-Governor of Virginia Gets 2-Year Sentence

Bob McDonnell going to prison after corruption conviction

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell asked for community service but got two years in prison today for corruption during his days as governor of Virginia. Still, the judge went easier on him than federal sentencing guidelines suggested he should, and prosecutors had wanted 10 years. “I stand before you a heartbroken and... More »

Ex-Virginia Governor Likely to Get Minimum 10 Years

Bob McDonnell will be sentenced next month for corruption

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell is going to spend more than twice as long as a federal inmate than he did as governor of Virginia if the sentencing judge follows federal recommendations. The US Probation Office has recommended McDonnell—who was convicted of corruption in September—serve a minimum of 10 years and... More »

Bob McDonnell May Lose Pension Under Law He Signed

Former Virginia governor is now a felon

(Newser) - New felon Bob McDonnell might have a much lighter wallet thanks to a bill that he signed into law in his former life as a governor. As CBS 6 explains, the 2011 Virginia law prohibits state employees from collecting their pensions if convicted of a felony. The misdeed must... More »

Virginia's Ex-Governor, Wife Guilty of Corruption

Bob and Maureen McDonnell face prison time

(Newser) - Virginia's Bob McDonnell once had high political aspirations for his post-gubernatorial life. Today, though, he became the first governor in the state's history to be convicted of a felony, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . McDonnell was convicted of 11 of 13 counts of corruption and his wife, Maureen, of... More »

Virginia's Ex-Gov: My Wife Freaked About Being First Lady

He recalls her yelling at him day after inauguration as Obama called

(Newser) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell took the witness stand himself yesterday to begin testimony that will likely be the biggest factor in determining whether he and his wife end up in federal prison on corruption charges, reports the Washington Post . On day one, McDonnell began making two key points: that... More »

Virginia's Ex-First Lady Pitched Pills to Ann Romney: Testimony

Former Bob McDonnell aide: She said it could cure MS

(Newser) - As Virginia's former first couple faces trial for alleged graft , a former aide to ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell is offering some damning testimony. McDonnell's wife tried to pitch a nutritional supplement to Mitt Romney, the aide testified, and when that fell through, she pitched it to Ann Romney instead.... More »

McDonnells' Sad Defense: We Hated Each Other

Virginia's former first couple fight corruption charges by saying they barely spoke

(Newser) - Bob and Maureen McDonnell's corruption trial got under way this week, and it's yielding no dearth of grist for the mill. While it appeared financial problems drove Virginia's former first couple to accept $165,000 in loans and gifts from a donor, the McDonnells' lawyer put up... More »

McDonnell's Wife Tried to Take the Fall for Him

But he wouldn't do the same for her

(Newser) - Before the indictment came down against Bob and Maureen McDonnell, Maureen told prosecutors that she felt solely responsible for striking up the couple's scandalous relationship with Star Scientific, and asked prosecutors if they could let Bob off the hook, sources tell the Washington Post . But prosecutors showed no interest... More »

Credit Card Debt Drove McDonnells: Indictment

Gory details from the allegations

(Newser) - Before Bob McDonnell was even in office, he and his wife were looking to then-Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams for gifts, according to the 43-page indictment against the couple. The document reveals that the couple had financial anxieties that may have driven their alleged graft, Politico reports. Weeks before McDonnell'... More »

Ex-Virginia Governor, Wife, Charged With Felony Graft

Bob and Maureen McDonnell face 14 counts

(Newser) - About the only upside for Bob McDonnell is that he avoided the indignity of being indicted while he was a sitting governor . Beyond that, it's pretty bleak. Federal authorities today charged the former Virginia governor and his wife, Maureen, with accepting illegal gifts from a prominent business owner, reports... More »

Va.'s McDonnell to Feds: Can You Indict Me Next Month?

US Attorney was ready to charge sitting governor

(Newser) - This was almost the week that, for the first time in state history, a sitting Virginia governor was indicted. US Attorney Dana Boente told Bob McDonnell last week that they were about to file charges against him and his wife related to the ongoing gifts scandal surrounding them, but McDonnell'... More »

Virginia's McDonnell Returning the Rolex

Bob McDonnell says all controversial gifts from donor will be returned

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell still says he did nothing wrong in accepting gifts and loans from a state businessman, but everything is going back anyway. McDonnell said during a radio interview today that he will return all the gifts that Jonnie Williams gave him, including a $6,500 Rolex, reports... More »

Bob McDonnell Must Go

His 2016 hopes are dead, and Ruth Marcus thinks his term in Virginia should be, too

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell's response to revelations that he and his family accepted $120,000 in cash from a major donor, the latest in a string of such reports , was "astonishing" writes Ruth Marcus at the Washington Post : McDonnell calmly asserted that he hadn't broken the letter of the... More »

Reports Cite More Iffy Gifts to Va. Governor

Plus, a public drunkenness charge for McDonnell's son

(Newser) - The investigation into the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Jonnie R. Williams Sr., CEO of Star Scientific, continues, with a new $130,000 reveal. Williams gave $70,000 to a McDonnell-owned corporation last year, another $50,000 to McDonnell's wife, Maureen, in 2011, and $10,000 to... More »

Virginia Gov Didn't Disclose $6.5K Rolex From Donor

Sources say McDonnell's wife convinced CEO to give expensive watch

(Newser) - The latest fallout from the investigation into Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's relationship with a dietary supplement company involves a $6,500 Rolex. Two sources tell the Washington Post that Jonnie R. Williams Sr., CEO of Star Scientific, gave McDonnell the watch in 2011 and McDonnell failed to disclose the... More »

Va. Governor Grilled on $15K 'Wedding Gift' to Daughter

Documents raise new questions about Bob McDonnell's financial dealings

(Newser) - Bob McDonnell isn't the first father to be ruined by his daughter's lavish wedding, but he could now be the first whose vice presidential aspirations have been. When the Virginia governor's questionable financial relationship with a dietary supplement company was exposed by the Washington Post last month,... More »

Dems, GOP Duke It Out Over Sequester

Everybody hates it, but no solid ideas how to avoid it

(Newser) - With five days to go before a little thing called the sequester kicks in, there are a lot of fingers being pointed at and from both sides of the aisle. A look around the Sunday talk show dial, as per Politico :
  • Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine : "We laid a plan
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2 States Consider Arming Teachers

Proposed bills in Va., Tenn. would require armed staffers at schools

(Newser) - In the wake of the Newtown school shooting , at least two states are considering not fewer guns but more guns: Virginia and Tennessee are considering arming their teachers.
  • A Virginia state delegate is proposing a bill that would require some members of school staff to carry guns, the Washington Post
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