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Former Va. AGs back McDonnell’s bid for bond pending appeal

(AP) Six former Virginia attorneys general are supporting former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s bid to remain free while he appeals his corruption convictions.

A judge last week rejected McDonnell’s request, and he appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

In a friend-of-the-court brief Friday, the former attorneys general say McDonnell was convicted on an overly broad definition of what constitutes an “official act.” Five of the former officials made the same argument last year in urging a judge to dismiss the case.

A jury last year found McDonnell and his wife Maureen guilty of taking gifts and loans from a vitamin executive in exchange for promoting his products.

Bob McDonnell is scheduled to begin his two-year prison term Feb. 9. Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced Feb. 20.

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