U.S. top court to hear Virginia ex-governor's corruption appeal

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Posted: Jan 15, 2016 4:07 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's appeal of his convictions on corruption charges involving a businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement.

McDonnell, once a rising star in the Republican Party, and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in 2014 of taking $177,000 in gifts and loans from Virginia businessman Jonnie Williams in a trial that laid bare the couple's financial and marital troubles.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)