The Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared poised to throw out the corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, a move federal prosecutors fear could undermine their ability to bring crooked politicians to justice. During the one-hour argument, several of the eight justices signaled that the conduct of McDonnell in accepting $177,000 in gifts and sweetheart loans from a businessman seeking to promote a dietary supplement did not constitute a criminal act. Conservative Chief Justice John Roberts went further, suggesting the statutes under which McDonnell was convicted could be so broad as to be unconstitutionally vague because they can sweep in so many different activities, including setting up routine meetings on behalf of political donors.
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are mostly lower Wednesday afternoon as tech stocks post sharp declines following weak results from Apple and Twitter. Utility and telecommunications companies are rising as bond yields fall.
The White House was locked down for the second time in two days on Wednesday after an unidentified male threw personal belongings over the north fence, the Secret Service said. "The individual was immediately taken into custody by Secret Service Uniformed Division Officers," the agency said in a statement. On Tuesday, the agency detained a person believed to be fleeing a robbery who jumped the west fence at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, which is on the White House Campus.