Local lawyers celebrate 'vindication' of former Virginia governor
The same day the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an unopposed motion to remand for dismissal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the DOJ explained why it decided to not retry former Va. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, after the U.S. Supreme Court vacated their federal corruption convictions two-and-a-half months prior. Boston litigation attorneys Christopher Iaquinto and Daniel Small formed a team that benefited from Mr. Small's experience with witness preparation.
Mr. Iaquinto and Mr. Small argued for the defense that there was "quid," but no "quo" to be found, without stretching the concept of what constituted as an "official act" under federal law beyond all recognition.