Maureen McDonnell Corruption Case Delayed by Federal Court

A federal appeals court has put former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell's case on hold, giving prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze a recent Supreme Court ruling.

The high court overturned former Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption conviction last month, saying his actions were distasteful but did not necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there is enough evidence for another trial.

The court previously agreed to give prosecutors and the former governor's attorneys until Aug. 29 to file a proposed briefing schedule or joint status report. On Friday, the court agreed to similar conditions in Maureen McDonnell's case.

The McDonnells were convicted of doing favors for a wealthy businessman for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. 

"At this time we are thoughtfully determining next steps in both cases," U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente said in a statement.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the ruling gives attorneys more time. 

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