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Legal Woes Pile Up For Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell

August 4, 2013

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Oh! what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive!

How that line must be running through the mind of Virginia Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell.  To think that he was considered ‘presidential timber’ at one time, and now is only a festering wound on the backside of the Republican Party.  This story is rich, has legs, and just keeps creating more sleepless nights for McDonnell.

Legal experts said that if federal prosecutors pursue corruption charges against the Virginia governor, they will probably do so under the Hobbs Act, which prohibits elected officials from taking money or other
items of value in exchange for the performance of official duties. To prove a violation of the law, they would have to show that McDonnell agreed to perform official acts for Williams. Whether McDonnell followed through on those pledges – and whether an action by McDonnell resulted in benefits to Star – would not necessarily matter, experts say. … [W]hen trying to prove a crime, prosecutors need only show that McDonnell derived some benefit from the items given. So it would probably not matter whether Williams lent the money or gave it to McDonnell, nor whether Williams gave the gifts and money to McDonnell or to members of his family.

One Comment
  1. brenda permalink
    August 8, 2013 7:40 AM

    How can Cuchinelli keep running without notice of this particular law?

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