US high court to hear ex-governor’s corruption appeal

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WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court said Friday it would hear an appeal from Robert McDonnell, a former Virginia governor and rising Republican star who was convicted of corruption and faces two years in prison. The nine justices are set to make a ruling by late June, in a blow to Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration, which had tried to have the case thrown out. McDonnell and his wife, who was also convicted, have yet to serve their respective sentences and have instead been released on bond while their appeals are pending. McDonnell, 61, was found guilty in 2014 of using his influence as governor to gain favors for local businessman Jonnie Williams in exchange for loans, luxury goods and vacations. His wife, Maureen, had received a sentence of a year and one day.

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