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Excerpts From US Court Ruling on Former Va. Gov's Conviction

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Excerpts from the Friday's federal appeals court ruling affirming the public corruption convictions of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell:
    
- On McDonnell's claim that the evidence was insufficient to support the convictions stemming from his relationship with businessman Jonnie Williams, who showered McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with more than $165,000 in gifts in loans:
    
"To review, the Government set out to prove that Williams and Appellant engaged in a corrupt quid pro quo. Williams, we know, supplied the 'quid,' and plenty of it."
    
- On arguments by McDonnell's attorneys that Williams got little in return for his largesse:
    
"As we have explained, it was not necessary for the Government to prove that appellant actually took any such official action. What the Government had to show was that the allegedly corrupt agreement between Appellant and Williams carried with it an expectation that some type of official action would be taken. Here, the Government exceeded its burden."
    
- On McDonnell's conviction:
    
"Appellant received a fair trial and was duly convicted by a jury of his fellow Virginians. We have no cause to undo what has been done."
    
The 3-0 ruling was written by Judge Stephanie Thacker.

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