NVDaily update: Appeals court upholds former Virginia governor’s convictions

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell leaves the U.S. Court of Appeals in downtown Richmond on May 12. A federal appeals panel on Friday upheld his public corruption convictions. AP

RICHMOND (AP) — A federal appeals panel upheld former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s public corruption convictions Friday, rejecting his claim that he only extended routine political courtesies to a wealthy businessman who showered him and his family with expensive gifts and five-figure loans.

McDonnell, once widely considered a possible running mate to former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, said he was disappointed and continued to insist that he acted in good faith.

“During my nearly 40 years of public service, I have never violated my oath of office nor disregarded the law,” McDonnell, who also served as a state legislator and attorney general, said in a written statement. “I remain highly confident in the justice system and the grace of our God that full vindication will come in time.”

McDonnell’s lawyers said they are examining their legal options, which include asking the full appeals court to reconsider the three-judge panel’s unanimous decision or appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The fight for justice for our client is far from over,” the attorneys said in a written statement.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said he was pleased with the decision but did not elaborate.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

U.S. District Judge James Spencer sentenced Bob McDonnell, who was convicted of 11 counts, to two years in prison. He sentenced Maureen McDonnell to one year and one day on eight counts. Both are free on bond while they pursue appeals.

The Richmond-based appeals court has not yet scheduled oral arguments in the former first lady’s case.



Project HOPE has new CEO

Project HOPE announced today that Dr. Thomas Kenyon will succeed Dr. John Howe III as president and CEO of the international health and humanitarian organization based in Millwood.

Kenyon, of Atlanta, Georgia, will begin his new role on Oct. 1.

Project HOPE is a humanitarian organization based in Clarke County, which provides disaster relief and medical aid and education to more than 30 countries worldwide.


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