Former Governor Bob McDonnell’s case appears before Supreme Court
Apr 25, 2016 02:52 AM EDT
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will see his case before the US Supreme Court Wednesday, this week. This would be his last attempt to legal redemption after having been accused of public corruption.
According to Daily Press, former Governor Bob McDonnell's legal team will make oral arguments before the high court in their massive effort to avoid the two-year prison sentence he has. His own wife, Maureen, also faces her own year in prison for a separate appeal that would hinge from McDonnell's case.
His lawyers also accused the prosecutors, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that upheld the former governor's guilty verdict, with a runaway interpretation of the federal bribery laws. Their defense already cost them millions as revealed by spokesman Chris Roslan. He added that "He's been fortunate to have supporters who have helped via donations, but he is praying for a positive outcome with the Supreme Court and doing his best to meet his financial commitments."
Yahoo reported that though they are moving to the Supreme Court, three of the jurors said they're unmoved by his appeal. They aren't buying McDonnell's excuse that he only extended routine political courtesies to the former vitamin executive who gave him and his family a total of $165,000 in gifts and loans. Juror Kathleen Carmody said she understands the governor's argument but said "as a juror, based on what was presented to us in those six weeks, I disagree and stand by our decision."
NBC Washington published that Juror Daniel Hottle said making politics is a lousy excuse, adding that seeing much of what Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams gave to McDonnell, which includes a Rolex watch and designer clothing to his wife, made a big impression to the jurors.
McDonnell and his wife was arrested in September 2014 at a joint trial where Williams testified against them as the prosecution's star witness. The former governor, who is known to have been considered as the running mate for 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was sentenced to two years in prison.