Lawyers for former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell will present oral arguments before the Supreme Court on Wednesday in an effort to undo his corruption conviction and keep him out of prison. Linda So reports.
The fate of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell will soon be decided by the Supreme Court. His corruption appeal will be heard by the eight justices on Wednesday. McDonnell, a former rising star in the Republican Party was convicted in 2014 for taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman. His wife Maureen was also convicted. McDonnell's legal team will try to prove the former governor merely arranged meetings, asked questions and attended events, the same kind of activities politicians routinely perform in exchange for campaign contributions. McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison, which he has not yet served. Last year, a U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the McDonnell's conviction. This is the final case the Supreme Court will hear in their term that ends in June.