Politician Caught In Dietary Supplement Scandal Gets A Reprieve
Rejecting US prosecutors' interpretation of the federal bribery statute, the US Supreme Court on June 27 tossed out the September 2014 conviction on corruption charges of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell, who was caught up in a $175,000 scandal, which the justices called "distasteful" and "tawdry," involving dietary supplement maker Star Scientific, which now goes by Rock Creek Pharmaceuticals.
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A federal district judge on 6 January showed mercy to former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (Republican), sentencing him to only two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release, after he was found guilty for conspiring to use his office to promote a dietary supplement company's products in exchange for about $177,000 worth of gifts, loans and trips.
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