What could SCOTUS decision mean for Bob McDonnell?

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is just days away from knowing whether he’ll serve two years behind bars for public corruption. Monday is when the US Supreme Court rules on McDonnell’s appeal.

McDonnell and his wife Maureen were convicted in 2014 of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

Legal Expert Russ Stone says the Supreme Court has several options.

“The Supreme Court can essentially do one of three things,” Stone.

First could be agreeing with the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Uphold it, say that it was a good trial, a fair trial, no errors and the conviction is solid, that basically ends that case,” Stone explained.

That would mean McDonnell would face some sort of sentence and likely jail time.

“They can send a conviction back for a new trial,” Stone said.

This would mean things would essentially start from square one, a new trial date back in federal court could be set. The third possible option would be the best outcome for McDonnell.

“They could just dismiss the case entirely, which would mean there wouldn’t be any retrial, it’s just gone,” Stone said.

The Supreme Court has three opinions left to issue, including the McDonnell case. Another one deals with abortion. Expect opinions to start coming down 10 a.m. Monday morning.

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