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Governor hosts former U.S. Supreme Court justice

Federal appeals court judges – and one former U.S. Supreme Court justice – are dining with Gov. Bob McDonnell this evening.

McDonnell is hosting a reception and dinner for the judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in honor of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

O’Connor is sitting with the 4th Circuit this week as the court hears oral arguments from Tuesday through Friday. The docket includes another Obamacare challenge, the First Amendment status of Facebook “likes,” and a Confederate flag dispute in Lexington. Which court panels will include O’Connor will not be known until the panel makeup is revealed on the morning of argument.

The cost of the judges’ dinners at the executive mansion tonight is being paid by the court and its judges, according to a McDonnell spokesperson.  The dinner is in being held to honor O’Connor, as was a similar dinner when O’Connor sat with the 4th Circuit in 2009, the spokesperson said.

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