The Latest: Ex-Gov. McDonnell disappointed in court ruling

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Posted: Aug 11, 2015 5:58 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on a federal appeals court refusing to reconsider former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's conviction on public corruption charges (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he is innocent and is disappointed that a federal appeals court has declined to hear his case and is letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.

The 15-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision Tuesday. McDonnell said he is taking his case to the U.S. Supreme Court and looks forward to being vindicated.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for wealthy vitamin executive Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison.

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9:45 a.m.

A lawyer says former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will appeal his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Shortly after a federal appeals court said on Tuesday that it wouldn't revisit the case, McDonnell attorney Henry Asbill declined to say whether his client will have to report to prison.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full 15-member appeals court then rejected McDonnell's petition for a rehearing Tuesday.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for wealthy vitamin executive Jonnie Williams in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison.

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9 a.m.

A federal appeals court has declined to review the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, letting his convictions on public corruption charges stand.

The 15-member 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the decision Tuesday. A three-judge panel of the Richmond-based appeals court unanimously upheld McDonnell's convictions in July. The full court says it won't reconsider that panel's ruling.

A jury in September found McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, guilty of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

The former Republican governor was sentenced to two years in prison. His wife was sentenced to one year and one day. Both have been free on bond while pursuing appeals.

It's unclear whether Bob McDonnell will now be required to report to prison. He can still appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.