Press Release March 8, 2016

Alston & Bird Amicus Brief Draws Additional Support among Former State Attorneys General in High-Profile Supreme Court Case

On March 7, 2016, Alston & Bird filed an updated amicus brief on behalf of 77 former state attorneys general who are supporting former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell before the U.S. Supreme Court. McDonnell is challenging his convictions for public corruption.

The revised brief reflects an additional 17 attorneys general who have joined in support of McDonnell since Alston & Bird first filed the motion on November 17, 2015.

A bipartisan group, the former attorneys general urge the High Court to reverse McDonnell’s convictions, arguing that they “portend a standardless expansion of federal criminal law into state politics that will convert routine aspects of the political process into federal crimes.”

On January 15, 2016, the Supreme Court granted McDonnell’s petition for a writ of certiorari. Oral argument is scheduled for April 27.

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.
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