Former Va. governor's appeal cites broad bribery definition

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is appealing his public-corruption convictions.

McDonnell filed a "notice of appeal" Monday with the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The court has scheduled arguments in the case for the week of May 12.

A jury in September found the McDonnells guilty of doing favors for a nutritional supplements executive in exchange for $165,000 in gifts and loans. The former governor was sentenced last month to two years in prison. His wife was sentenced on Feb. 20 to one year and one day in prison. Both are free on bond.

Maureen McDonnell's notice of appeal was filed earlier Monday.

In the appeal, Bob McDonnell argues that his convictions were based on a definition of bribery that would make virtually every politician a criminal.

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