Former state lawmaker hopes McDonnell ruling could set him free

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A former Virginia lawmaker serving a nearly 10 year prison sentence for a bribery and extortion conviction hopes a recent ruling in ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell’s case could set him free.

Phil Hamilton asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals this week to let him file a new application for relief in light of the Supreme Court ruling that overturned McDonnell’s corruption conviction.

Hamilton was convicted in 2011 of securing a job as director of a teacher training center that he helped create with taxpayer money.

The Supreme Court said in June that McDonnell’s actions benefiting a businessman who gave him gifts may have been distasteful but didn’t cross the line into illegal conduct.

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