Prosecutors to drop McDonnell corruption case

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC/WAVY) — Federal prosecutors are dropping their case against Bob and Maureen McDonnell.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June overturned the bribery conviction of the former Virginia governor, citing a broad interpretation of the term “official act.”

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in 2014 of corruption, fraud and bribery charges.

In a court document, prosecutors did not explain their rationale for deciding not to retry McDonnell or his wife Maureen.

This decision brings a conclusion to a long appeals process that began shortly after Bob and Maureen’s convictions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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