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As Bipartisan Outrage Grows Over Disney Comments, Senator Blunt Calls on VA Secretary to Resign

Bipartisan outrage over comments made by Veteran's Affairs Secretary Bob McDonnell yesterday, when he compared veteran wait times at VA hospitals...

“With Bob McDonnell Appeal, SCOTUS Can Clarify Line Between Politics and Crime”

I have written this oped for the National Law Journal. It begins: You don’t have to be a lover of the U.S. Supreme Court’s noxious Citizens United v. FEC case to be troubled by the corruption prosecution of Virginia governor … Continue reading ?

The Supreme Court Is Fixing To Let Political Corruption Run Rampant

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

So, that happened. Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted by a federal jury in September 2014, after he was caught participating in one of the most cut-and-dry examples of cash-for-favors found in the political corruption textbook. Show More Summary

Does the First Amendment Protect Corruption?

Bob McDonnell is a very special man. He’s claiming that his corruption should be protected by the First Amendment. McDonnell’s bribery charge centered on his receipt of about $175,000 in cash and gifts from businessman Jonnie Williams. Aside from the Rolex, Williams gave McDonnell and his wife several large loans, payments for their daughters’ weddings, […]

"As I read the transcript of Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments in the corruption case of the former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, I thought of the movie 'Wayne’s World.'"

"There’s a scene halfway through the film in which Wayne and Garth, the lovable public-access TV hosts, argue with Benjamin, the slick corporate producer, about giving their sponsor airtime. As they make their case against selling out, Wayne and Garth serve as pitchmen. Show More Summary

A “Wayne’s World” Argument at the Supreme Court

As I read the transcript of Wednesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments in the corruption case of the former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, I thought of the movie “Wayne’s World.” There’s a scene halfway through the film in which Wayne...Show More Summary

The Bias Buzz Podcast- Trump Inches Closer to Nomination, Actor Cries Voter Fraud in Dem Primaries, Target Boycott Petition Reaches 900,000

This week we discuss Donald Trump’s victories in the Northeast primaries, Ted Cruz’ path to the nomination, actor Tim Robbins charging voter fraud in Democratic primaries, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s corruption conviction appeal to the Supreme Court and Tom Brady’s suspension.

Does the First Amendment Justify Corruption?

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s Supreme Court corruption appeal will help decide whether the First Amendment protects average Americans or special interests. A decade ago, if a politician had argued before the Supreme CourtShow More Summary

Will the Supreme Court Keep Convicted VA Governor out of Jail?

The Supreme Court heard its final oral argument of the term this morning, and it was a fittingly weighty one: the case of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted on corruption charges in 2014, stemming from his relationship with a Richmond businessman who gave him nearly $200,000......

The Supreme Court seems inclined to loosen bribery rules for politicians

BOB MCDONNELL, the former Republican governor of Virginia, made headlines in 2014 when he was indicted and later convicted on federal corruption charges for accepting more than $175,000 in loans, cash and lavish gifts from an executive whose business he tried to buttress. Show More Summary

Supreme Court: Hey, Maybe Bribery Laws Are Just Too Vague!

The Supreme Court heard arguments from Bob McDonnell’s lawyers that the bribery law he’s charged with violating is being too broadly defined, and they seem sympathetic to the idea that these darn laws against bribery are just too open-ended: The...Show More Summary

Supreme Court: Isn’t That $175,000 Bribe Really Just $175,000 ‘Speech’?

Funtimes at the US Supreme Court! In hearing an appeal to former Virginia Governor and current felon Bob McDonnell’s conviction for Duke Cunningham levels of bribe-taking, the court seemed to be questioning whether federal laws mandating that you not take bribes might be unconstitutionally vague! It is true, how are you even supposed to know

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Learns His Sentence While Bob McDonnell Challenges His Own

Two of the nation’s most well-known Republican politicians had their days in court Wednesday, plus Robert Durst and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reactions to when they were on the hot seat: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.       

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Virginia’s former governor Bob McDonnell gets his day in court. It was a good one: “With Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Anthony M. Kennedy energetically taking apart the verdict — and, with it, the laws used by the prosecution — the prospect of imminent prison for McDonnell appeared to have visibly […]

Supreme Court seems sympathetic to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

The Supreme Court heard former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his sentence on political corruption charges Wednesday, and appears to be leaning in his favor. McDonnell was convicted and sentenced to two years for accepting gifts...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Hears Ex-Gov. McDonnell Bribery Case

Reuters reports the Supreme Court seems inclined to toss the bribery conviction for former VA Republican Governor Bob McDonnell (short backgrounder from trial here): During the one-hour argument, several of the eight justices signaled that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

A Lawyer Addressed Justice Ginsburg By The Wrong Name. Her Response Was Perfect.

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Noel Francisco, the lawyer arguing in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption appeal, only had one job: to convince the Supreme Court that his client didn't break federal anti-bribery laws. For better or for worse, he may very well have succeeded. But toward the end of the hearing in McDonnell v. Show More Summary

"The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to side with Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia who was convicted of public corruption and faces two years in prison."

"Justices across the ideological spectrum said the laws under which he had been convicted gave prosecutors too much power to say that routine political favors amounted to corruption," writes Adam Liptak in the NYT.“It puts at risk behavior that is common,” said Justice Stephen G. Show More Summary

The “Everybody Does It” Defense

Two big themes emerge on Wednesday in McDonnell v. United States, the appeal of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell of his felony public corruption conviction. The first is that if lawyers across ideological lines agree that McDonnell was wrongly convicted under a vague and unfair ethics statute, they must be correct. Show More Summary

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