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Andrew McBride Discusses Conviction of Former Virginia Governor McDonnell

Bloomberg News
January 7, 2015

Andrew G. McBride, chair of Wiley Rein’s Appellate Practice, was quoted in yesterday’s Bloomberg News article about the bribery conviction and sentencing of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, and his prospects for appeal.

Bloomberg reported that an appeal may test how broadly a public servant’s “official acts” can be defined in corruption cases.  The judge had instructed the jury last year that any action Mr. McDonnell took which an official “customarily performs,” even if those acts “are not described in any law, rule or job description,” could qualify as part of a criminal offense, according to the article.

That criteria is “extremely broad” and vague, 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.  “McDonnell could say, ‘I did some stupid things by not disclosing gifts, but I did not veto a bill or issue an executive order,’” Mr. McBride said.

To read the article, click here.