The Justice Department on September 8 announced that it is dropping its corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
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In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s eleven corruption convictions. The jury that convicted McDonnell was given erroneous instructions, according to the Court. At issue was the question of what constitutes an "official act."
Effective ethics laws, in Virginia and elsewhere, depend on enforcement through prosecution, independent ethics review boards, ethics training, and transparency and openness in government. In other words, Virginia will have to do more than change a few gift laws currently under review.
An awakening for the Commonwealth of Virginia occurred when the U.S. Justice Department indicted the state's former governor for public corruption. Bob McDonnell was ultimately convicted on 11 counts of conspiracy, bribery, and extortion. In January 2015, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison.
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife Maureen sobbed in federal court when a jury convicted them Thursday of corruption following a five week trial that at times resembled a TV soap opera.
While the beleaguered Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (“WMATA”) is often the subject of negative press about its service issues and mismanagement, the organization faced a new type of headline last week. On August 20th, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced a $4.2 million settlement with Metro to resolve several alleged procurement law violations.
Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged in a federal indictment Tuesday with taking bribes from a businessman in exchange for political favors.
As I discussed in Parts I and II of this series, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are embroiled in significant ethics scandals that involve Star Scientific and Jonnie R. Williams. While these matters may be painful for the parties involved, there is a silver lining to these troubling violations of the public trust: vocal and potentially influential calls for reform.