Bob McDonnell

Former Virginia governor can stay out of jail pending appeal, Supreme Court says

Former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell's bid to overturn his corruption conviction got a boost Monday from the Supreme Court, which granted his request to remain out of prison as his lawyers press an appeal. 

The court's action suggests the justices think the former Republican governor may have a strong claim.

A jury found McDonnell guilty last year of conspiring to take more than $170,000 in cash and gifts from a wealthy businessman in exchange for promoting his untested dietary supplement. He was sentenced to two years in prison.

But McDonnell maintained he was wrongly convicted because he did little more than make phone calls and arrange meetings to help promote...