Former Gov. Bob McDonnell will not be reporting to prison next month, thanks to a brief order from the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday that grants him bond pending his appeal.
The court noted that McDonnell is not a danger to society or a flight risk, that his appeal is not a delay tactic, and that there is a substantial question of law or fact that could lead to a reversal or new trial.
“I am grateful for today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit allowing me to remain free on bond pending my appeal,” McDonnell said in a statement.
Virginia’s 71st governor said, “I plan to spend time with my new granddaughter who was born this month, attend my sons’ graduation ceremonies, and embrace family time with my daughters.”
I am pleased he won his appeal. McDonnell made some bad choices. He didn’t take a bribe, cheat anyone, steal, or embezzle. He broke no Virginia laws. However, the federal government swooped in and basically overruled Virginia.
I resent that and I also don’t think McDonnell is a bad person. I think he should have been allowed to do community service. Let’s cast our partisan politics aside. McDonnell was stupid. Being stupid isn’t illegal.
Disclosure: I am no fan of McDonnell. I disdain his politics.