U.S. justices question ex-Virginia governor's prosecution

by Reuters
Wednesday, 27 April 2016 15:16 GMT

WASHINGTON, April 27 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday expressed doubts about the corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell.

During the one-hour argument, several justices signaled that McDonnell's action in taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from a businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement did not constitute a criminal act. Chief Justice John Roberts went further, suggesting the statutes under which McDonnell was convicted could be so broad as to be unconstitutionally vague.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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