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BALTIMORE (AP) - A jury deciding the fate of two Baltimore detectives deliberated for a few hours but has not reached a decision.

U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake has released the jurors until Monday morning. There have not been court sessions on Fridays during the trial and she decided to stick with that schedule.

The jury of nine women and three men asked two questions during their Thursday deliberations.

There were 32 witnesses introduced by the government during the nearly three-week trial in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities say 18 people, including two correctional officers, have been indicted in a prison corruption case.

State prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced Thursday that six inmates and 10 outside facilitators also have been indicted.

The charges include conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances, conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and the smuggling of contraband such as narcotics and cell phones.

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VIRGINA BEACH, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell can be called "professor" in January, when he'll begin teaching government and policy at a private Christian university.

Tuesday's announcement by Regent University in Virginia Beach comes after federal prosecutors dropped their corruption case against McDonnell and his wife following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn his 2014 conviction violating federal bribery law by accepting gifts from a wealthy businessman.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has denied an imprisoned former Virginia lawmaker's bid to file a new appeal in light of the Supreme Court ruling in ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell's case.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals didn't say in its order why it was rejecting Phil Hamilton's request for permission to file a new application for relief.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Several members of Virginia's congressional delegation are asking Attorney General Loretta Lynch not to bring another case against former Gov. Bob McDonnell.

In a letter recently sent to the U.S. Justice Department, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell and others say it would be "unwise and unfair" to retry McDonnell after the Supreme Court unanimously overturned his corruption conviction in June. The letter says McDonnell's family has suffered financially and emotionally over the past three years.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawyers for Virginia's former first lady say her corruption convictions should be vacated after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned her husband's convictions.
 
News outlets report that Maureen McDonnell's attorneys asked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to vacate her convictions in a motion filed Monday. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The high court overturned his conviction and sent it back to the appeals court.
 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has put former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the Supreme Court ruling. 

The high court overturned McDonnell's corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn't necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there's enough evidence for another trial.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Top Virginia Republicans have asked the Justice Department to stop trying to convict former Gov. Bob McDonnell of corruption.

House Speaker William Howell and Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said in a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch Friday that prosecuting McDonnell again will "unnecessarily disrupt" the state and be costly to taxpayers. 

McDonnell was convicted in 2014 of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for gifts and loans.

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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) - Virginia lawmakers are receiving fewer gifts in the wake of former Gov. Bob McDonnell's prosecution on corruption charges.

The Virginia Public Access Project released an analysis of financial disclosure forms Monday showing that the number of gifts to lawmakers dropped by 27 percent from 2013 to 2014.

The decline was more pronounced among Republican lawmakers than Democrats.

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