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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court could place new limits on the reach of federal bribery laws used to prosecute elected officials as it takes up the public corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

The justices on Wednesday will consider whether to overturn McDonnell's conviction for accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement.

The court is expected to clarify what distinguishes bribery from routine actions that politicians perform as a courtesy to constituents.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his corruption conviction will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court next month. The high court released a schedule Friday noting that arguments from lawyers will be heard on April 27.

In September 2014, a jury convicted McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of doing favors for wealthy vitamin executive Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal team has filed its opening brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing McDonnell was unfairly convicted on an overly broad definition of bribery.

McDonnell's legal team said Monday it filed its first brief with the high court. In it, his lawyers say the federal government has interpreted bribery law in a way that allows prosecutors "to investigate and indict essentially any official they choose."

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Republican lawmakers say it's time for a comprehensive look at Virginia's economic development spending as the state spends more on incentive programs aimed at luring companies to relocate or expand in the Old Dominion.

A new report released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee shows that ongoing incentive programs have grown 84 percent since fiscal 2010.

Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his GOP predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, worked to develop new incentive programs and made economic development cornerstones of their administration.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's appeal of his public corruption convictions has gotten support from former lawyers for Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Media outlets report that Greg Craig, former White House counsel for Obama, and John M. Quinn, former counsel to Clinton, were among the signers of 11 amicus briefs that support McDonnell's position in his appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his public corruption convictions.

McDonnell's attorneys filed their petition Tuesday, arguing that he was convicted based on an overly broad definition of corruption that puts all elected officials at risk of prosecution.

Prosecutors have 30 days to respond. The justices have no deadline for deciding whether to consider the appeal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health has voted to scale back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board voted 9-6 to give preliminary approval to amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell. The board also rolled back some construction standards for new facilities.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The State Board of Health will consider scaling back Virginia abortion clinic regulations that critics say were driven by politics, not science.

The board will consider amendments to the regulations Thursday. The most noteworthy revision would exempt existing clinics from strict new-hospital construction standards, reversing a decision made by the board when it was dominated by appointees of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written arguments to a federal appeals court that is reviewing her public corruption convictions.

In a brief filed Wednesday night, McDonnell's attorneys renewed their claim that federal bribery law applies differently to her than it does to her husband because she was not an elected official.

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted last year of doing favors for a former vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will not have to go to prison while the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether to consider his appeal of his public corruption convictions.

The court on Monday overruled a lower court's decision on McDonnell's incarceration.

McDonnell made a last-ditch plea to the high court to stay out of prison shortly after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond refused to grant the same request.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court wants to hear from federal prosecutors before deciding whether former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will have to go to prison while he appeals his corruption convictions.

Chief Justice John Roberts issued an order Monday giving prosecutors until Wednesday to respond to McDonnell's request to remain free. The order also says a federal appeals court order that puts the wheels in motion to send McDonnell to prison will be put on hold until Roberts or the Supreme Court can decide on McDonnell's request.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - His legal options running out, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Thursday turned to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that he be allowed to stay out of prison while he makes his final appeal on public corruption convictions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked a federal appeals court to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McDonnell filed the motion Thursday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

A three-judge panel of the court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full 15-member court said Tuesday that it won't reconsider that panel's ruling. The court didn't say whether McDonnell will be allowed to remain free pending further appeal.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has declined to review the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.

The 15-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based appeals court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full court says it won't reconsider that panel's ruling.

A lawyer for the former governor says McDonnell will appeal his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is asking that the entire 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reconsider his corruption convictions.
 
McDonnell's legal team filed a petition Friday for a rehearing of his appeal after a three-judge panel unanimously upheld the convictions earlier this month.
 
A jury in September 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.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - 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 Friday.
 
A jury in September 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.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has made her final written plea to a federal appeals court reviewing her public corruption convictions.

In a brief filed Thursday evening with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, McDonnell's lawyers restated their claims that the convictions were based on an overly broad interpretation of federal bribery law. Prosecutors have said in court filings that there is clearly enough evidence to support the convictions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's fate is in the hands of three federal appeals court judges.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in McDonnell's public corruption case Tuesday. The court usually takes a few weeks to rule.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of taking more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting his company's dietary supplements. The former governor was sentenced to two years in prison, his wife to one year and one day.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's lawyers get a half-hour to urge a federal appeals court to overturn his public corruption convictions.

Prosecutors get equal time to argue that a jury got it right when it found McDonnell guilty of 11 counts last September.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the arguments Tuesday morning in Richmond. The court usually takes a few weeks to rule.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - In the eight months since former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was convicted of public corruption, a few developments have gone his way.

The federal appeals court that will hear arguments Tuesday in McDonnell's case allowed the ex-governor and his wife, Maureen, to remain free on bond while they challenge their convictions. Legal experts say that decision suggests the court believes at least some of the issues raised on appeal are a close call.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell says her public corruption convictions are based on an overly broad definition of bribery and she did not receive a fair trial due to a number of mistakes made by the presiding federal district court judge.

Her attorneys argued Monday in a 101-page court filing that McDonnell's conviction on several public corruption counts should be overturned.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says in court papers that the favors he did for a wealthy businessman were routine courtesies and not part of a bribery scheme.

McDonnell made the argument in papers filed late Wednesday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. It's his last brief before a May 12 hearing in his appeal of his public corruption convictions.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A newly released court document describes what former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell would have said had she testified in her husband's public corruption case.

The affidavit from her lawyer says she would have testified that she hid vitamin executive Jonnie Williams' gifts from her husband because she figured McDonnell would make her return them.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Forty-four former state attorneys general from across the country have urged a federal appeals court to toss out former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's public corruption convictions.

They say a jury convicted McDonnell "based on ingratiation and access and nothing more," blurring the line between common political courtesy and corruption.

The bipartisan friend-of-the court brief was filed Monday in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is scheduled to hear arguments in McDonnell's case in May.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is appealing his public-corruption convictions.
 
McDonnell filed a "notice of appeal" Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The court has scheduled arguments in the case for the week of May 12.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - If prosecutors get their way, former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell could become the first modern-day governor's spouse sent to prison for felonies she was convicted of committing while she held the mostly ceremonial position.

McDonnell will be sentenced for public corruption Friday in federal court in Richmond. Prosecutors have recommended an 18-month sentence - six months less than former Gov. Bob McDonnell got last month when he was convicted. Maureen McDonnell's attorneys requested probation and 4,000 hours of community service.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Defense attorneys say the public humiliation endured by former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell during her corruption trial is punishment enough.

They're asking a judge to spare Mcdonnell prison time when she's sentenced Friday on eight counts. They argue that probation and 4,000 horus of community service is appropriate.

Prosecutors disagree. They say the former first lady was a full participant in a bribery scheme, and that an 18-month prison term is warranted.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - An overhaul of Virginia's ethics laws governing public officials is advancing in the General Assembly.

The legislation was prompted by the conviction of Republican former Gov. Bob McDonnell last year on federal corruption charges.

A Republican-controlled House of Delegates subcommittee endorsed a measure Wednesday that would reduce the current $250 cap on gifts to public officials to $100. The bill would also eliminate the exemption in current law that places no cap on so-called intangible gifts such as meals, travel and entertainment.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Republican-controlled General Assembly appear to agree they need to toughen Virginia's public ethics laws, but they disagree on how tough they should be.

Lawmakers have introduced dozens of ethics bills in the wake of former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction on corruption charges last year. The first public airing of those proposals came Monday at a meeting of a House ethics subcommittee.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has approved former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.
 
The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond said McDonnell's appeal raises a substantial question of law or fact that could warrant reversal or a new trial.
 
The court also ordered that briefs in the case be filed by March 2 and set a May 12 hearing.
 

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