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RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals has granted former Virginia First Lady Maureen G. McDonnell’s motion to delay her appeal hearing until the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on her husband former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal.

Mrs. McDonnell filed a motion to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week to suspend her case. The U.S. Attorney’s Office opposed the motion. Lawyers for the government argued Mrs. McDonnell’s attorneys did not dispute the hearing schedule, including oral arguments scheduled for late October.

Mrs. McDonnell was convicted last September for soliciting and obtaining payments, loans, gifts and other items from a political donor and one-time CEO of Virginia-based Star Scientific Jonnie R. Williams Sr. She was sentenced to one year and one day in prison.