No Bond for McDonnell During Appeal

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell today lost a bid to remain free on bond while he appealed the conviction in his corruption case.  Although a week ago U.S. District Judge James Spencer gave McDonnell a lenient sentence of two years, the judge today defended the validity of the conviction itself.  He took a skeptical view of the issues being appealed, and said that the central issue of whether McDonnell performed an “official act” in exchange for gifts and loans was not a “close question” that would justify release pending appeal.

McDonnell has been ordered to report to prison on February 9.

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