McDonnells ask for dismissal

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were in court Monday to ask that a judge dismiss corruption charges that have been brought by the federal government.  Chances of that happening may not be good, according to reporter Jim Nolan with the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Dismissals are rare in complex criminal cases, and U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer gave every indication toward the close of Monday’s 90-minute hearing in Richmond that the case would go to trial.

Many have questioned the validity of the charges and the federal government’s reach into a state issue. Five former attorneys general announced publicly earlier this year that charges should be dropped.

A good man who served Virginia well is being persecuted. Prayers and thoughts go to him and his family as they wait for the judge’s decision.

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