Former Virginia Gov. McDonnell pays hefty price for freedom


September 9, 2016 11:00AM (UTC)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is officially a free man, but he paid a heavy price to get there.

Federal prosecutors said Thursday they're moving to drop corruption charges against McDonnell in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor's corruption conviction.

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The court unanimously held that the actions McDonnell took to benefit a businessman who gave him luxury gifts may have been distasteful but did not cross the line into illegal conduct.

McDonnell maintained he did nothing except set up meetings and make some calls for a constituent who asked for help.

The 2014 jury trial and conviction on corruption charges ruined McDonnell's once promising political career and exposed embarrassing details about his marriage and family life.


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