Former first lady Maureen McDonnell heading into the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., in 2014. (Bob Brown/AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell on Monday laid out her own bid to have an appeals court throw out her public corruption convictions, arguing that she did not knowingly conspire with her husband to lend any official favors to a Richmond businessman who lavished her family with loans and gifts.

Maureen McDonnell’s appeal to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals was strikingly similar to that of her husband, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell (R). Both were convicted of public corruption last year for lending the prestige of the governor’s office to Richmond businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr. in exchange for $177,000 in loans, vacations and luxury goods. Both are now trying to convince the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out their convictions, or at least grant them new trials.

Like Robert McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell alleged that her husband neither performed nor promised to perform any “official” acts for Williams. (Maureen McDonnell could perform no such acts because she is not a public official.) And like Robert McDonnell, Maureen McDonnell alleged jurors were instructed wrongly on the topic.

Both McDonnells argued it was improper for them to be tried together, and both said prospective jurors were not questioned thoroughly enough, especially about pre-trial publicity.

Separate from her husband, Maureen McDonnell argued in her appeal that as a “high-school educated, nonlawyer spouse, who has never held public office a day in her life,” she did not know any of the actions Robert McDonnell took could have been construed as unlawful, and thus she could not have deliberately conspired with him.

Robert McDonnell was sentenced in January to two years in prison; his wife was sentenced in February to a year and a day. Although they were tried together, their appeals are proceeding separately.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have finished their filings in Robert McDonnell’s case and are scheduled for oral arguments in May. In Maureen McDonnell’s case, prosecutors are expected to file a written response by next month.