The U.S. Supreme Court has thrown out Republican former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's corruption convictions in a ruling that could hem in federal prosecutors as they go after bribery charges against other politicians. Nathan Frandino reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court says federal prosecutors may have been overzealous in their prosecution of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell. In an 8-0 ruling, the court overturned McDonnell's 2014 corruption conviction. They sent his case back to lower courts to determine whether there's sufficient evidence to convict the former public official. McDonnell was found guilty in 2014 of accepting $177,000 in gifts and loans from a businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement. But the justices ruled that there was a broad interpretation of bribery laws and said it was unclear whether the conduct was actually illegal. McDonnell's lawyers had argued that prosecutors were seeking to criminalize the kinds of political favors that politicians do routinely. McDonnell could face a new trial, but for now, he remains free.