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Andrew McBride Discusses McDonnells’ Conviction on Corruption Charges
Andrew G. McBride, co-chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was quoted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch in yesterday’s coverage of the guilty verdicts in the trial of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell. Mr. McBride’s comments were also picked up by The Washington Post.
A federal jury convicted the McDonnells of corruption in connection with gifts they accepted while Mr. McDonnell was governor. While the verdicts are “obviously a victory for the government,” the McDonnells have substantial grounds for an appeal, according to Mr. McBride. “An argument on appeal, I think, will be that there was no official act, there was not proof of intent to commit an official act, and therefore there was no bribery,” he said.
“That’s an argument that could succeed in the (U.S.) Fourth Circuit or attract the attention of the Supreme Court, because it’s an important statute,” said Mr. McBride, a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Justice Department who spent seven of those years as assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.