The United States Supreme Court has just overturned the corruption conviction of Virginia’s ex-Governor Robert McDonnell.
Although his relationship with a mega-gift giver was described as “tawdry” by the majority decision, it was not illegal.
Chief Justice John Roberts said, “…our concern is not with tawdry tales of Ferraris, Rolexes, and ball gowns. It is instead with the broader legal implications of the government’s boundless interpretation of the federal bribery statute.”
We’re talking $175,000 in gifts and loans to the GOP Governor and wife.
The Defense “amassed an outpouring of bipartisan officials who told the court that upholding McDonnell’s conviction would criminalize the routine favors that politicians do for benefactors and give federal prosecutors too much power,” the Tribune reported.
Roberts wrote: “Setting up a meeting, calling another public official, or hosting an event does not, standing alone, qualify as an ‘official act.'”
The vote was unanimous.
I’m guessing none of the Justices ever held an elective office.
And, I’m guessing politicians all over the country are going to be getting richer because of this decision.
Here’s the decision.