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 be related to on-the-job conduct, which would seem to be the case here, though the Washington Post says it's "still unclear" whether McDonnell will have to forfeit the money.
In a story written well before the ex-governor's corruption trial began, the Richmond Times-Dispatch estimated McDonnell's annual pension would be about $65,000. The strange quirk that could save him: The law stipulates that the employee's supervisor must alert the state's retirement system that benefits should be suspended. But who, exactly, is the governor's supervisor? (Read more Bob McDonnell stories.)