Bob McDonnell remains free while SCOTUS decides on review

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will be allowed to stay out of prison for now, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.

SCOTUS granted his stay request, overruling a lower court’s decision. He’ll remain free while he files for a writ of certiorari, which is when a lower court is ordered to deliver its record in a case so that the higher court may review it.

Document: Supreme Court order in pending case

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted last September of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Maureen McDonnell was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, and a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in her case in late October.

An appeals court panel has already upheld Bob McDonnell’s convictions, and the full 15-member court refused to reconsider. The appeals court also rejected the former governor’s bid to remain free, so he asked the Supreme Court.

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