Prosecutors oppose to ex-governor’s bid to remain free

FILE -In this Tuesday, May 12, 2015 file photo, Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell navigates a group of cameras as he leaves the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a hearing the appeal of his corruption conviction in Richmond, Va. A federal appeals court has declined to review the case, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors have filed court papers opposing former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions.

The response to McDonnell’s request was filed Friday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

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The court refused Tuesday to reconsider a three-judge panel’s decision upholding McDonnell’s convictions. However, the judges didn’t say whether a previous order allowing McDonnell to remain free on bond will remain in force while he appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, his wife to one year and one day.

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