McDonnell pleads his case with the Supreme Court

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

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has officially pleaded his case to the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday.

McDonnell’s defense filed 16-page document on Monday, which is full of reasons they hope will convince the justices to take up the former governor’s case.

In the filing, McDonnell’s defense claims that the prosecution in this case is “unprecedented.” McDonnell’s defense also claims the prosecution “on a novel, sweeping theory that puts every public official at the mercy of federal prosecutors.”

McDonnell and his wife Maureen both face jail time — after a federal jury found them guilty of corruption.

While McDonnell was in office, the couple traded political favors for gifts and loans. They have both been appealing the conviction as well as the sentences.


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