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Federal prosecutors, defense lawyers weighing options in McDonnell corruption case

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The next 30 days will reveal if charges will be dropped or if the corruption case against former Governor Bob McDonnell will move forward.

That information is according to federal prosecutors and defense lawyers who are still talking about their next moves.

Almost a month ago, The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously vacated and remanded the corruption charges against McDonnell, sending the case back to the federal court of appeals in Richmond.

Chief Justice John Roberts said local jurors convicted McDonnell on a definition of official acts that was too broad.

"To convict the McDonnells, the Government was required to show that Governor McDonnell committed (or agreed to commit) an 'official act' in exchange for the loans and gifts," the Supreme Court wrote. "... Government’s expansive interpretation of 'official act' would raise significant constitutional concerns."

The trial that put the former first family in the spotlight started almost two years ago.

A Richmond jury had convicted McDonnell in September 2014 of taking more than $177,000 in gifts and loans from Goochland businessman and Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams.

Prosecutors asserted McDonnell took cash, luxury goods and getaways, in exchange for helping Williams’ dietary supplement company.

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