Ex-first lady case put on hold after Supreme Court ruling

Former First Lady Maureen McDonnell, left, arrives at federal court with her son, Bobby, for her sentencing on corruption charges in Richmond, Va., Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Federal prosecutors have recommended an 18-month prison term, six months less than former Gov. Bob McDonnell received when he was convicted on 11 counts last month. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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.

Documents: Maureen McDonnell Motion | Appeals Court Order

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.

August deadline set for next step in McDonnell case

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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