Los Angeles Times
McDonnell appeals again
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell filed a petition Friday for the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to consider his conviction on corruption charges. The move comes after a threejudge appeals panel unanimously upheld the convictions this month.
In the filing, McDonnell’s lawyers said the panel hadn’t adequately outlined the legal difference between bribery and routine political courtesies.
“The panel’s decision establishes an unprecedented and opaque line between lawful politics and federal felonies,” McDonnell’s legal team said.
A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for a businessman in exchange for gifts and loans.