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A federal appeals court has upheld former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption convictions.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the convictions this morning.

In  September, a jury found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

Cracking Down on Cyber Bullying

Mar 16, 2015

In the future, Virginia will pass laws to help prevent and punish cyber-bullying if the Bedford County Sheriff gets his way. 

Sheriff Mike Brown was shocked by cases of tragic suicides that have followed bullying on the Internet and social media, so he is raising public awareness in the meantime. 

Brown plans to distribute DVDs that educate people about cyber-bullying to every school in the Commonwealth.

The sheriff said cyber-bullying goes on 24 hours a day and usually begins at school.

    

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been sentenced to two years in prison for corruption. He’s due to report to prison by February 9th.

The judge’s punishment was far below the 10 years prosecutors wanted, but still more than the community service that  the former governor and hundreds of supporters asked for.

Speaking to reporters after the sentencing, McDonnell said he was a fallen human being.

McDonnell Case: Request for New Trial Denied

Dec 2, 2014

The federal judge who presided over the corruption trial of former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, has rejected a request by the former first couple for a new trial. 

Judge James Spencer also denied their request to throw out their guilty verdicts—with the exception of one conviction against Maureen. 

Spencer disagreed with defense arguments that the McDonnells should be acquitted because prosecutors failed to prove that the couple exercised any official governmental power in exchange for gifts and loans from former Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. 

Steve Helber/AP via NPR

Bob McDonnell is the first Virginia governor convicted of a felony.  A federal jury today convicted Bob and Maureen McDonnell on multiple counts in their corruption trial in U.S. District Court.

Bob McDonnell was convicted on 11 of 13 counts.  The former first lady was convicted on nine of 13 counts.

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