RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court has put former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell’s case on hold, giving prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze a recent Supreme Court ruling.
U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente said in a statement released Friday that Maureen McDonnell’s convictions have not been vacated.
“Her defense counsel filed a motion requesting that her case be held in abeyance until August 29, 2016. The United States did not oppose that request, and the United States Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit granted the unopposed motion to hold the appeal in abeyance. At this time we are thoughtfully determining next steps in both cases,” Boente’s statement read.
The high court overturned former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there’s enough evidence for another trial.
The court previously agreed to give prosecutors and the former governor’s attorneys until Aug. 29 to file a proposed briefing schedule or joint status report. On Friday, the court agreed to similar conditions in Maureen McDonnell’s case.
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