Appeal Bond for Former-Governor Bob McDonnell: Why All the Controversy?

In the aftermath of his conviction and sentencing in U.S. District Court, Virginia’s former-Governor Bob McDonnell filed a motion for release pending appeal. On January 6, 2015, the district court sentenced him to a two year active sentence, and his counsel filed the motion pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3143(b). In relevant part, that statute states: (b) Release or detention pending appeal by the defendant. (1) Except as [otherwise] provided…the judicial officer shall order that a person who has been found guilty of an offense and sentenced to a term of imprisonment, and who has filed an appeal or a petition for a writ of certiorari, be detained, unless the judicial officer finds-- (A) by clear

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