Former Virginia 1st lady follows husband in appealing public corruption convictions



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RICHMOND, Virginia — Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has appealed her public corruption convictions.

The notice of appeal was sent Monday to the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Former Gov. Bob McDonnell previously appealed his convictions to the same court. Oral arguments in his case are set for the week of May 12.

A jury in September found the McDonnells guilty of doing favors for a nutritional supplements executive in exchange for $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former Republican governor, once considered a possible running mate to Mitt Romney in 2012, was sentenced last month to two years in prison. His wife was sentenced on Feb. 20 to one year and one day in prison. Both are free on bond while they pursue appeals.

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