Barry Pollack was quoted regarding the corruption conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. The jury "sent a resounding message that it didn't like the sitting governor and his family accepting extravagant gifts from a businessman who was trying to use the governor's office to promote his product," Pollack said, adding that the decision is not as sweeping as some might perceive. "I think the public corruption counts are really all tied together, so it doesn't matter if there is one of them or eight of them. The issue is whether the jury thought that there was a relationship between the gifts being given and an expectation of official acts in return. And apparently the jury did."
Pollack said that although there's not a lot of ambiguity about what the jury did, there are legal issues to be resolved that could affect the McDonnells' sentencing and their appeals. "I think the theory of the prosecution was novel and aggressive. And the judge's jury instructions are subject to second-guessing. So I think there's no question that there's going to be a vigorous appeal."
This article was also published in The Roanoke Times on September 5, 2014.