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Ex-Governor McDonnell Wins at U.S. Supreme Court on Corruption Conviction

  • McDonnell of Virginia’s bribery conviction is set aside
  • Silver of New York says his appeal boosted by court decision
Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell speaks to members of the media in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2016, in Washington.

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell speaks to members of the media in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2016, in Washington.

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The U.S. Supreme Court set aside former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s bribery conviction in a ruling that might make it harder to prosecute public officials for corruption.

The justices unanimously said the jury instructions improperly let McDonnell be convicted for setting up meetings and taking other informal actions on behalf of a supporter. The ruling left open the possibility that McDonnell could be retried.