Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously threw out the conviction of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The 8-0 decision leaves open the possibility McDonnell can be retried, but his current conviction is vacated.
McDonnell, once a rising star in Republican politics, was convicted on federal corruption charges in 2014. He was found guilty of violating the law when he received money and loans from Jonnie R. Williams, the CEO of a Virginia-based company, in exchange for official acts. The case centered around the question of what constitutes the scope of an "official action" under federal corruption law.
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