Criminal Justice

Federal judge nixes appeal bond for former Virginia governor sentenced to 2 years

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A federal judge has refused to OK an appeal bond for a former Virginia governor sentenced last week to two years for trading the influence of his office for gifts, loans and perks.

That means Robert “Bob” McDonnell, who also served as the state’s attorney general, could be imprisoned on Feb. 9, reports the Washington Post (reg. req.).

Although McDonnell isn’t a flight risk or a danger to the community, legal issues in the corruption case “do not present a ‘close’ call justifying bail pending appeal,” wrote U.S. District Judge James Spencer in a Tuesday order denying bond.

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