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The Donut Hole in the Yard is about to Look Like the Meteor Crater! YEA! McDonnell Conviction Vacated!

I’m not sure what to do with myself these days!

Since Thursday PM we have had:

  • The fallout from Brexit:  PM Cameron is out, Labour leader Corbyn seems headed that way and Labour in turmoil – and Scotland may well be independent at last!
  • Globalists on the run for a few days!
  • Curling Club of VA wins regional arena championship!
  • Chile wins the Copa America!
  • And NOW:  Former Governor McDonnell’s convictions vacated!

At this rate, we need about eight more countries to leave the EU!  The donut hole in my yard looks like Meteor Crater!

Now the Fourth Circuit will decide after a full briefing whether to decide if the convictions were legally sufficient (did they meet the bare legal standard of evidence to uphold the jury’s verdict as to each count; it takes very little evidence to do that) or not?  If not, no new charges.  If so, McDonnell gets a new trial.  My prediction:  The Fourth Circuit will knock out some charges, remand back the rest to the trial court and by that time it gets back to the District Court, there will be a new US Attorney in Richmond who will decide there are too many meth labs, heroin rings and terrorists to bother with this issue.

I am thankful – I did pray a lot for this matter – it was a miscarriage of justice to condemn Bob McDonnell as a crook (stupid yes!  But if stupid were a crime, most of us would be busting rocks) and it appears the SCOTUS was perhaps a bit skeptical:

There is no doubt that this case is distasteful; it may be worse than that. But our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns. It is instead with the broader legal implications of the Government’s boundless interpretation of the federal bribery statute.  (Slip Opinion, pg. 28)
The case is not over; keep praying and you can still give money to the Restoration Fund if you choose.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

3 Responses to “The Donut Hole in the Yard is about to Look Like the Meteor Crater! YEA! McDonnell Conviction Vacated!”

  1. Sponge Bob needs to go to PRISON says:

    Former Ilinois Governor Rod Blagoivich didn’t go to Federal Prison for selling Senator Barack Obama’s US Senate Seat to congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. ( who went to prison, also) but for
    Attempting to sell the seat.

    That’s called PEDDLING INFLUENCE.

    The exact same thing Sponge Bob and Maureen McDonnell were doing in the Mansion in return for BIG Bucks, loans, rolex watches and trips for selling snake oil for Johnnie Willilams.

    He needs to go to PRISON.

    Let’s see a new Trial.

  2. Crooked Hillary says:

    The Justices had to let it go because Hillary would have to go to prison for the millions in Clinton Cash she made as Secretary of State peddling influence to foreign governments.

    The Country is over.

  3. Anonymous 2.0 says:

    Watch where Bob McDonnell lands- if he becomes a lobbyist you can bet he’ll be pushing for Uranium Mining in Virginia. Richard Baxter Gilliam of Virginia Uranium was his top donor to the GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD WITH MY MONEY coming in at a whopping $50,000 donation.

    Note Richard Baxter Gilliam’s donor list to elected officials…..

    Delegate Rob Bell got $30,000 and he supports Uranium Mining. Hmmmm.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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