In an 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today reversed
the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnel
l 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.