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FILE - In this April 27, 2016 file photo, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington. Federal prosecutors say they are moving to drop corruption charges against McDonnell. U.S. Attorney Dana Boente’s office said Thursday, Sept. 8 that prosecutors will not pursue another trial in light of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that overturned the former governor’s corruption conviction. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The corruption case against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is being dropped



The Department of Justice will not retry former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on corruption charges.

In 2014, McDonnell was found guilty of accepting gifts in exchange for political favors. He was sentenced to two years in prison. However, the Supreme Court overturned his corruption conviction unanimously in June after they found that the jury in the initial trial had received faulty instructions about what constitutes bribery under federal law. 

MSNBC's Ari Melber pointed out that dropping the charges would hurt the Obama DOJ. 

Some Twitter users were happy the former governor had been let off the hook. 

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