Barry Pollack Comments on Next Steps After Supreme Court's McDonnell Ruling in The Richmond Times-Dispatch

"Bob McDonnell might not learn his fate for months - unless U.S. drops prosecution"
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
06.28.16Barry Pollack commented on the possibility of retrial for ex-Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn his corruption convictions. In the ruling, the Court returned the case to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions to re-examine the evidence under the more narrow definition of an "official action." If the appeals court panel rules the case can be retried, the U.S. Attorney's Office would then decide whether to prosecute McDonnell again. While the process could take several months, Pollack said things could possibly move more quickly. "I could see the government, after having had time to digest the Supreme Court's opinion, deciding that even if it could win the legal battle to gain the right to re-try the case, its likelihood of conviction is low, and it does not want to expend further resources trying." Pollack said. "If the government concludes it would just be chasing good money after bad, it may announce that it is voluntarily dismissing the case."
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