Federal judge officially dismisses McDonnell corruption case

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen arrive at the U.S. District Court in Richmond on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, for his and his wife Maureen's bond hearing and arraignment on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 on federal corruption charges. Federal prosecutors allege that the McDonnells accepted more than $165,000 worth of loans and gifts from Jonnie Williams, the former head of Star Scientific Inc. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — A federal judge on Friday ruled to dismiss the corruption cases against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell.

Judge James R. Spencer granted motions from prosecutors — which were filed Sept. 8 — to drop public corruption cases against the McDonnell’s. The motions were filed unopposed.

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Bob and Maureen McDonnell were convicted in 2014 of corruption, fraud and bribery charges. They had been investigated for their relationship with Richmond businessman Jonnie Williams.

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Williams gave the McDonnell’s more than $177,000 in gifts, trips and loans in the hope that McDonnell would get his dietary supplement tested in state labs for free.

Spencer ruled to dismiss their cases with prejudice, meaning they can never again be charged with these offenses.

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