The Latest: Ex-Virginia governor petitions Supreme Court

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Posted: Aug 20, 2015 3:07 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The latest on the case of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who's been convicted on corruption charges but is appealing (all times local):

2:50 p.m.

Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell have asked U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to allow him to remain free while he appeals his conviction to the high court.

McDonnell's attorneys filed an emergency application on Thursday to stay a lower court's ruling.

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond had refused to allow McDonnell to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions.

In the absence of a stay, McDonnell's attorneys are asking the Supreme Court to grant him bond while he pursues an appeal there. McDonnell's attorneys note in the filing he could finish serving his two-year prison sentence before the Supreme Court rules whether the conviction was justified.

The request for McDonnell to remain free was made to Roberts, who handles emergency appeals from the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Roberts can decide the matter himself or refer it to the full Supreme Court.

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12:50 p.m.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says he is "saddened" that a federal appeals court has refused to allow him to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

McDonnell said Thursday shortly after the appellate court decision that he will ask the Supreme Court to grant him bond while he pursues his appeal there.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison; his wife to one year and one day. They have remained free while pursuing separate appeals in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The full appeals court last week refused to reconsider a three-judge panel's unanimous ruling upholding Bob McDonnell's convictions.

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12:10 p.m.

A federal appeals court has refused to allow former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to remain free while he appeals his public corruption convictions to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Thursday's decision means McDonnell will probably have to report to prison within the next several weeks.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison; his wife to one year and one day. They have remained free while pursuing separate appeals in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The full appeals court last week refused to reconsider a three-judge panel's unanimous ruling upholding Bob McDonnell's convictions. The court will hear Maureen McDonnell's case in October.

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1 a.m.

Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell says a recent appeals court decision rejecting her husband's request to overturn his corruption convictions shouldn't mean her own appeal suffers the same fate.

McDonnell's lawyers filed a brief late Wednesday with the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking for her convictions on corruption charges to be vacated, or at least to get a new trial.

Her lawyers note that the former first lady was never a public official and argue a federal bribery law applies differently to her than it does to her husband.

A jury in September found McDonnell and former Gov. Bob McDonnell guilty of doing favors for a nutritional supplements executive in exchange for $165,000 in gifts and loans.