Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his public corruption convictions.
McDonnell's attorneys filed their petition Tuesday, arguing that he was convicted based on an overly broad definition of corruption that puts all elected officials at risk of prosecution.
Prosecutors have 30 days to respond. The justices have no deadline for deciding whether to consider the appeal.
McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in September 2014 of doing favors for a former vitamin executive in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. A federal appeals court has upheld the former governor's convictions and has scheduled a hearing in his wife's case for Oct. 29. Both were sentenced to prison but remain free while they pursue appeals.