Court Upholds Bob McDonnell's Guilty Verdict

A federal court on Friday upheld former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s guilty verdict.
McDonnell was convicted in September 2014 on 11 counts of federal corruption for arranging meetings between officials in the Virginia state government and Star Scientific Inc. CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for thousands of dollars in gifts. The Virginia Republican appealed the decision, arguing that his actions did not constitute “quid pro quo” corruption, where gifts are exchanged explicitly for “official acts.”
But Judge Stephanie Thacker of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed McDonnell’s conviction Friday.