The McDonnell ruling: All you need to know about the case that upended the legal landscape for political corruption

August 9, 2018

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., after the court heard oral arguments in his corruption case in 2016.

By Staff

Since the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell in 2016 just days after a federal jury in Philadelphia convicted U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, the legal landscape governing political bribery cases has shifted dramatically.

The High Court’s decision raised the bar for prosecutors seeking to prove cases of political graft and has toppled a number of high-profile corruption convictions across the country.

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