Last day for McDonnell decision this year

Last day for McDonnell decision this year

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Time is ticking for the U.S. Supreme Court. Today is the last day of this year the court can grant Governor McDonnell's appeal – or send him to prison.

If no order is sent out Monday, McDonnell will be able to spend Christmas with his family.

The former governor has asked the court to review his public corruption convictions. His team has argued that he was convicted based on an overly broad definition of bribery.

Federal prosecutors have opposed this petition, saying McDonnell was convicted based on a well-established principle that it's illegal for public officials to accept personal benefits in exchange for his agreement to influence government matter.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted last year of doing favors for a wealthy vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former governor was sentenced to two years in prison and his wife to one year and one day. Both remain free while they pursue separate appeals.

If the court does not make a decision Monday, the next opportunity for it to issue an order will be January 11 of next year.

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