Barry Pollack was quoted regarding the prospective timeline for post-conviction sentencing of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Many defense lawyers believe that staying out of prison for the duration of their appeals process is not likely. In most jurisdictions in cases like this, in which the defendants are not a serious flight risk or danger to the community, defendants "as a matter of course would be permitted to self-report (to prison) a month or two after the sentencing," Pollack said. However that's not a foregone conclusion in the Eastern District of Virginia, which includes Richmond. He added that it is rare in any jurisdiction for defendants to remain free on bond for the duration of their appeals process. This happens only when the judge believes the issue being appealed is a substantial one.
This article appeared in numerous publications, including The Roanoke Times and The Daily Progress, on September 6, 2014.