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Supreme Court Overturns McDonnell Conviction

Monday, June 27, 2016

June 27, 2016

The Supreme Court has overturned the corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. In a unanimous decision, the eight-justice court ruled that prosecutors defined too broadly the kind of conduct that qualifies as an “official act” that public officials are not permitted to trade for gifts or campaign donations.

The court’s opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, rejected the government’s position that simply agreeing to meet with someone on account of a campaign donation or personal gift could be enough to constitute an official act that could trigger a corruption conviction.

Link to Supreme Court Opinion here.