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Antwuan Ball was convicted for a $600 drug deal. His appeal, along with two co-defendants, is the latest challenge against a practice called acquitted conduct sentencing, which allows judges to dole out tougher sentences based on findings jurors rejected. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Supreme Court may take up D.C. drug case

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court will meet next month to decide whether to hear the appeal of a D.C. man serving 18 years in prison on a $600 drug deal — a case championed by civil liberties groups, who say it provides a case study in judicial overreach.

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Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is surrounded by members of the media as he heads into the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, where the federal corruption trial of McDonnell and his wife, Maureen continues. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for helping promote his company's products.  (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Mansion director: McDonnells were in love

- Associated Press

The woman who ran the governor's mansion under Bob McDonnell testified Thursday that the governor and his wife appeared to be a happy couple but acknowledged telling investigators that the former first couple seemed to lack healthy communication skills.

Former Virginia Gov.Bob McDonnell, center, heads into the federal courthouse in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, as the federal corruption trial against him and former first lady Maureen McDonnell continues. The McDonnells are charged with accepting more than $165,000 in gifts and loans from Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplements maker Star Scientific Inc., in exchange for helping promote his company's products. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown)

Ex-McDonnell aide testifies of concerns over Rolex

- Associated Press

An aide who dispensed legal and policy advice to former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell testified Tuesday that he and other administration officials worried about the propriety of a product launch event at the governor's mansion and about a Rolex watch that Mr. McDonnell received from his wife through a wealthy benefactor.