Writing in The Roanoke Times, Dale Eisman skewers George “Defending the Indefensible” Will’s attempt to defend the Regent’s appeal of having been found guilty of being on the take. A snippet (emphasis added):
Will argues that prosecutors misunderstand “the dynamics of democracy” and have stretched the definition of corruption to cover courtesies that elected officials always grant to their donors and supporters. The columnist concedes that McDonnell accepted “unseemly” gifts from diet supplement hustler Jonnie Williams and provided Williams with special access to state officials, but dismisses their dealings as just part of the “transactional business” of democratic politics.
This everybody-does-it argument has been the heart of McDonnell’s defense since his indictment two years ago. It didn’t work on the jury that listened to five weeks worth of evidence against McDonnell or on judges of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, who twice refused to overturn his convictions.