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Supreme Court overturns corruption conviction of former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell

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In an 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today reversed the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell for taking money and gifts from a company seeking Virginia support.

The Supreme Court said the jury had been improperly instructed on what constitutes an official act. McDonnell argued he'd only extended the usual courtesies of access — private meetings and the like — but had not taken official action on the gift-giver's behalf.

This will be welcome news to politicians everywhere, of course. The Supreme Court said the case — as argued and decided — could make crimes of common political practice. 

Everyone understands that people who give money to political candidates don't expect anything in return. Right?

The case could be retried.


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