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Supreme Court to decide corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

Supreme Court to decide corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell

The Supreme Court said Friday it would hear the political corruption case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and decide if it was a crime for the state's chief executive to secretly take $170,000 in cash and gifts from a wealthy businessman to help promote an untested dietary supplement made from tobacco.

Once a Republican star who was mentioned as a possible vice-presidential running mate for Mitt Romney, McDonnell was convicted of 11 counts of corruption in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison.

But his lawyers say he was wrongly convicted because he did nothing more than make phone calls and set up a few meetings to help his benefactor. They also blamed his...

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