A federal appeals court has approved former Governor Bob McDonnell’s request to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions. Just two weeks before he was to report to prison, McDonnell learned he will now be free on bond pending his appeal.
His attorneys had argued the process could have taken as long as his two-year sentence.
The court noted he was not a danger to society or a flight risk, that the appeal is not a delay tactic and there is a substantial question of law or fact that could lead to a reversal or a new trial. Prosecutors argued otherwise.