Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will not have to report to jail next month. A federal court ruled this week that he can remain free on bail while he appeals his conviction.
McDonnell was set to begin his two year sentence on February 9 after a jury found him guilty of taking money and gifts in exchange for promoting a dietary supplement while he served as governor.
The former governor’s attorneys asked if he could remain free throughout the process, claiming the appeal could take almost as much time as the sentence itself.
Earlier in January, U.S. District Judge James Spencer refused McDonnell’s previous request to remain out on bond. On Monday, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond overturned that refusal, claiming McDonnell isn’t likely to flee or pose a threat to the safety of another person.
His appeal “raises a substantial question of law or fact that, ‘if we decided in favor of the accused’ is ‘important enough’ to warrant reversal or a new trial,” the court said.
This decision is a meaningful victory for McDonnell’s defense and shows that a higher federal court might see merit in granting an appeal.
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SOURCE: CBN News