Former Virginia governor's lawyers seek permission to file expanded brief on sentencing

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RICHMOND, Virginia — Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's lawyers are seeking permission to file a longer-than-usual brief about his sentencing on federal corruption charges.

The lawyers say they need 50 pages instead of the usual 30 because they expect prosecutors to seek an exceptionally long sentence. McDonnell's attorneys say the memo needs to cover their client's entire life.

Prosecutors say in court papers that the judge heard plenty about McDonnell's life during his testimony. They say he should be held to the same 30-page limit as other defendants.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were convicted of illegally trying to help a dietary supplement maker in exchange for more than $165,000 in gifts and loans. Bob McDonnell's sentencing is set for Jan. 6. Maureen McDonnell's sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20.

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