RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A federal appeals court has put former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the Supreme Court ruling.
The high court overturned McDonnell’s corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn’t necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there’s enough evidence for another trial.
Prosecutors and McDonnell’s attorneys recently asked the appeals court for a 30-day delay to allow both sides time to decide what to do next.
The court agreed to that Friday, giving both sides until Aug. 29 to file a proposed briefing schedule or joint status report.
McDonnell was convicted for doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans.