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Entries in Virginia (13)


McDonnell walks. Reforms needed

The Justice Department on September 8 announced that it is dropping its corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. 

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Shah and Currinder: A leader with integrity wouldn't accept $175,000 in gifts

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s eleven corruption convictions. The jury that convicted McDonnell was given erroneous instructions, according to the Court. At issue was the question of what constitutes an "official act."

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Bill Steinman: What does the Bob McDonnell ruling mean for the FCPA?  

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnellOn Monday this week, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously overturned the 2014 corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell.

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Gov. McDonnell and the Supremes: Corruption by any other name is still corruption

The Supreme Court of the United States is currently finalizing its review of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s 2015 conviction, with the Court’s opinion expected at the end of June.

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After Gov. McDonnell (Part Three, concl.): How to fix Virginia's ethics laws 

Effective ethics laws, in Virginia and elsewhere, depend on enforcement through prosecution, independent ethics review boards, ethics training, and transparency and openness in government. In other words, Virginia will have to do more than change a few gift laws currently under review.

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After Gov. McDonnell (Part One): Virginia’s flimsy conflict of interest laws

An awakening for the Commonwealth of Virginia occurred when the U.S. Justice Department indicted the state's former governor for public corruption. Bob McDonnell was ultimately convicted on 11 counts of conspiracy, bribery, and extortion. In January 2015, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison.

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Bob and Maureen McDonnell convicted on multiple counts

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife Maureen sobbed in federal court when a jury convicted them Thursday of corruption following a five week trial that at times resembled a TV soap opera.

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D.C. Metro 'Opens Doors' to Procurement Fraud and Retaliation

While the beleaguered Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (“WMATA”) is often the subject of negative press about its service issues and mismanagement, the organization faced a new type of headline last week. On August 20th, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia announced a $4.2 million settlement with Metro to resolve several alleged procurement law violations.

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Dear Virginia: Do better

Last summer, I wrote a series for the FCPA Blog about Virginia’s "Shamefully Inadequate Ethics Laws" (see here, here and here). I was not alone in criticizing what has been deemed one of the least effective ethics regimes in the country.

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Former Virginia governor and wife indicted

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged in a federal indictment Tuesday with taking bribes from a businessman in exchange for political favors.

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Virginia’s Shamefully Inadequate Ethics Laws, Part III: Ethics Reform or Empty Promises? 

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (photo courtesy of I discussed in Parts I and II of this series, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli are embroiled in significant ethics scandals that involve Star Scientific and Jonnie R. Williams. While these matters may be painful for the parties involved, there is a silver lining to these troubling violations of the public trust: vocal and potentially influential calls for reform.

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Virginia’s Shamefully Inadequate Ethics Laws, Part II: Disclosure Regime Deserves a Failing Grade 

Yesterday, in Part I of my series on Virginia’s ethics laws, I discussed the corruption scandal threatening to end Governor Bob McDonnell’s political career. . . .

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