Jurors unmoved by former Va. governor’s appeal arguments

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s public corruption case goes before the U.S. Supreme Court, three of the jurors who convicted him say they remain certain they did the right thing.

They say they aren’t buying McDonnell’s argument that he only extended routine political courtesies to the former vitamin executive who gave him and his family more than $165,000 in gifts and loans.

Juror Daniel Hottle says politics as usual is “a lousy excuse.” Kathleen Carmody and Tyree Ford also say they have no second thoughts about their decision.

Hottle and Carmody say it’s frustrating that McDonnell has been allowed to remain free while he appeals, but Ford says that doesn’t bother him.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear McDonnell’s appeal Wednesday.