Barry Pollack was quoted regarding sentencing prospects for former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Sentencing guidelines will take into consideration the value of the gifts received by the McDonnells and the value of the benefits they provided to Williams. "There is a tremendous amount of subjectivity in trying to put a value on benefits such as having access to the governor or having the governor make favorable statements about your product," Pollack said. Prosecutors will argue that the benefits were substantial while defense attorneys will claim they were minimal, and Pollack said the result will have a big impact on the sentence. McDonnell also could get a stiffer sentence because the conviction suggests jurors believe he lied on the witness stand. "Even though you have a constitutional right to testify in your own defense, if you are unsuccessful you can pay an additional price," Pollack said.
This story appeared in numerous publications, including The Washington Post and ABC News, on September 6, 2014.