The practice of law in Virginia is supposed to be an honorable profession.
The state, which produced such orators as Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson, loves its lawyers perhaps more than it loves those who actually create or do something of value. It could be why the state has so many of them.
This makes a filing in the McDonnell corruption case by five former Virginia attorneys general all the more despicable. The bunch includes both parties and is made up of Andrew P. Miller, J. Marshall Coleman, Mary Sue Terry, Stephen D. Rosenthal and Mark L. Earley.
They want corruption charges thrown out against former governor Robert F. McDonnell, who, with his wife, has been indicted on 14 federal corruption charges. Their trial, expected to take place in July, will explore allegations that they misused their positions to help a dietary supplement maker who showered them with more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.
The five attorneys general claim that there is no clear evidence the McDonnells did anything wrong. Odd, but I thought lawyers knew enough not to try to bias a case that has been through the indictment and arraignment phase and is due for trial, but then I didn’t go to law school.
[Continue reading Peter Galuszka's post at Bacon's Rebellion.]