Federal prosecutors announced Thursday that they will not retry Republican former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on public corruption charges, and will drop charges against his wife Maureen McDonnell. McDonnell was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison. He remained free pending appeal, and this spring, the Supreme Court this year unanimously threw out his conviction. "Today is a great day in which my family and I rejoice. More than 3 1/2 years after learning of an investigation, the final day of vindication has arrived," McDonnell said.
Election Law Blog: The 5th Circuit, issued an opinion holding that Texas's voter identification law, one of the strictest in the country, violates section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. The bottom line is that the majority of the 5th Circuit has done what the panel opinion had originally held: there is a remand on the question whether Texas acted with a discriminatory purpose, but there is enough evidence of a discriminatory effect so as to render the Texas id law a Voting Rights Act violation. But, and this is a big but, the remedy is not going to be to strike the Texas voter id law as a whole, but instead to fashion some kind of relief that give people who have a reasonable impediment to getting an ID the chance to get one.