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Feds to Drop Charges Against Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell pauses as he speaks to members of the media outside U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after his sentencing was announced by a federal judge January 6, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia.
Alex Wong/Getty Images Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell pauses as he speaks to members of the media outside U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia after his sentencing was announced by a federal judge January 6, 2015, in Richmond, Virginia.

The Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction in June

(RICHMOND, Va.)— Federal prosecutors say they are moving to drop corruption charges against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office said Thursday that prosecutors will not pursue another trial in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor’s corruption conviction.

The court unanimously held that the actions McDonnell took to benefit a businessman who gave him luxury gifts may have been distasteful but did not cross the line into illegal conduct.

McDonnell maintained he did nothing except set up meetings and make some calls for a constituent who asked for help.

The case was returned to a lower court to decide whether there’s enough evidence for another trial. But Boente’s announcement Thursday came before the appeals court made that decision.

In a separate filing, prosecutors said Thursday that they will not retry McDonnell’s wife, Maureen, on corruption charges.

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