Former governor Bob McDonnell will appeal convictions in US Supreme Court

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/AP) — A federal appeals court declined to review the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had unanimously upheld McDonnell’s convictions in July. In its brief order on Tuesday, the full 15-member court said it won’t reconsider that panel’s ruling.

Eight judges voted against rehearing McDonnell’s case, and seven others “deeming themselves disqualified, did not participate,” the order said.

McDonnell was sentenced earlier this year to two years in prison after a jury in September 2014 found the couple guilty of accepting more than $165,000 in loans and gifts — including a Rolex watch and designer clothing — in exchange for promoting a nutritional supplement marketed as a miracle cure by Star Scientific Inc.

He has been allowed to remain free as his case was under consideration in the appeals process.

McDonnell’s lawyers say that the case will move forward to the US Supreme Court where they will appeal his corruption convictions.

Oral arguments in Maureen McDonnell’s case are scheduled in Richmond for late October.

Stay with 8News as we work to learn more about this developing story.


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