Maureen McDonnell has gotten her conviction for obstruction of justice tossed out, reports The Richmond Times-Dispatch. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer made the decision saying that “obstruction of justice requires more than a misleading note.”
Spencer did however, rejected the requests from former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife for acquittal or a new trial on the corruption charges they were found guilty of in September. Bob McDonnell was found guilty of 11 of the 13 charges and Mrs. McDonnell was found guilty on 9 of the 13.
The obstruction of justice charge came as a result of Mrs. McDonnell’s efforts to cover up gifts given to her and her husband from Jonnie R. Williams Sr. when she was initially interviewed by prosecutors.
The former first lady also wrote a note to Williams claiming that she had always intended to return the expensive clothing he bought for her. Mrs. McDonnell’s lawyers claimed that she didn’t know she was under investigation and that her intent to return clothing had nothing to do with the interview.