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US high court to hear ex-governor's corruption appeal

Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell (2nd R) leaves court after his sentencing was announced by a federal judge January 6, 2015, in Richmond, VirginiaThe US Supreme Court said it would hear an appeal from Robert McDonnell, a former Virginia governor and rising Republican star who was convicted of corruption and faces two years in prison. The nine justices are set to make a ruling by late June, in a blow to Democratic President Barack Obama’s administration, which had tried to have the case thrown out. McDonnell and his wife, who was also convicted, have yet to serve their respective sentences and have instead been released on bond while their appeals are pending.

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