Jul 14

Seventh Circuit Upholds Non-Incarceration Sentence for Beanie Baby Creator

This guest post was authored by Mara Smith, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. On Friday, the Seventh Circuit upheld what it determined to be a substantively reasonable sentence for billionaire Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies. We previously blogged about Warner’s district court sentencing,… Read More

Jul 10

Fourth Circuit’s “Official Act”: Former Virginia Governor McDonnell’s Appeal Rejected

This guest post was authored by Ernest Holtzheimer, a summer associate with Montgomery McCracken. Earlier today, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the conviction of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges. We’ve previously blogged about… Read More

Feb 20

Former First Lady of Virginia Sentenced: Did Husband’s “Throw Momma Off the Train” Approach Work?

Readers of the White Collar Alert know that we have been closely following the downward spiral of former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen McDonnell after their ill-fated relationship with Virginia businessman, Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Maureen McDonnell was convicted of eight counts… Read More

Jan 07

What To Do At Your Federal Sentencing: Lessons Learned from Ex-Virginia Governor McDonnell

Yesterday, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was sentenced to two years in prison following his public corruption conviction for using the governor’s office to help a dietary supplement executive in exchange for loans, gifts, and, as we’ve noted before, a Rolex and a joy ride… Read More

Sep 05

Justice Department’s Integrity Section Scores a Win in McDonnell Case: Gov. McDonnell Should Have Accepted the Plea Deal Because the Broken Marriage Defense Didn’t Work

More than two years after the Justice Department Public Integrity Section’s embarrassing fumble in the campaign finance trial that didn’t result in a conviction against former U.S. Senator John Edwards, the section successfully prosecuted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (a onetime Republican rising star who… Read More

Aug 06

Public Officials: Don’t Drive the Ferrari and Don’t Take the Rolex

Whether or not prosecutors will prove the 14 count indictment against former Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia and his wife, Maureen, remains to be seen. The public corruption trial is currently into the second week, and the New York Times has described the evidence as… Read More