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McDonnell denied bond by Judge Spencer

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Bob McDonnell (photo by Lynn R. Mitchell)

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Once again the judge has struck down a request by former Governor Bob McDonnell. Reporter Frank Green with the Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote (see Judge denies McDonnell bid to remain free):

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Did judge in McDonnell trial have conflict of interest?

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Governor Bob McDonnell

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Many have commented that Judge James Spencer, the Federal judge who presided over Bob and Maureen McDonnell’s trial, ruled almost exclusively against the Governor before, during, and after the trial.

Now we learn that in 1997, McDonnell voted against the judge’s wife when she was nominated to the Virginia Supreme Court (see Should McDonnell have asked for a different judge? by Will Houp at WAVY TV-10).

Would that be a huge conflict of interest?

WAVY TV asked the question, “Should McDonnell have asked for a different judge?”

Good question. Reporter Will Houp investigated the matter:

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