U.S. Supreme Court says Bob McDonnell can stay out of prison while he appeals convictions

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WRIC) – The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that ex-Virginia governor Bob McDonnell can stay out of prison while he appeals convictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that McDonnell can remain free until the high court decides whether or not to hear his appeal — that’s expected to happen in October.

Before and after his trial, McDonnell has maintained his innocence.

This is the former governor’s last chance at avoiding prison time during his appeal because earlier this month the federal court had ruled against McDonnell staying out of prison.

According to 8News legal analyst Russ Stone, if the high court refuses to hear the case, McDonnell will have to immediately go to jail.

Further reading: McDonnell v U.S. Order

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