Press Release November 17, 2015

Alston & Bird Represents 60 Former State Attorneys General as Amici Curiae in High-Profile Supreme Court Case

On November 16, 2015, Alston & Bird filed an amicus brief on behalf of 60 former State Attorneys General who are supporting former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell’s efforts to seek U.S. Supreme Court review of his convictions for public corruption.

A bipartisan group, the former Attorneys General urge the High Court to grant McDonnell’s petition, arguing that his convictions “portend a standardless expansion of federal criminal law into state politics that will convert routine aspects of the local political process into federal crimes.”

On August 31, 2015, the Supreme Court stayed McDonnell’s sentence pending the Court’s disposition of his petition for a writ of certiorari.

The former Attorneys General are represented by Alston & Bird lawyers Ted Kang, Brian Boone, and Emily McGowan.

The case is Robert F. McDonnell v. U.S.A., case number 15-474, in the Supreme Court of the United States.

A link to the amicus brief is here.
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