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Supreme Court says former Virginia governor McDonnell can stay out of prison pending appeal

Supreme Court says former Virginia governor McDonnell can stay out of prison pending appeal

Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell is surrounded by members of the media after his sentencing hearing in Richmond

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted a request by former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell to remain out of prison while he appeals his corruption convictions. In a brief unsigned order, the court said McDonnell, who was governor from 2010 until 2014, would not have to report to prison until he completes the appeals process. Last week, Chief Justice John Roberts gave McDonnell a temporary reprieve while the court awaited the government’s response to his application.

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