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Media Advisory Update: May 12, 2015, Oral Argument in No. 15-4019, U.S. v. Robert McDonnell

May 12, 2015

Case Information:  Appeal from convictions in the Eastern District of Virginia for performing official acts in exchange for gifts and loans.

Argument Date & Time:  Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Location: Lewis F. Powell, Jr., United States Courthouse, 1000 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Courthouse entrances on Main Street and Bank Street open at 7:00 a.m.  Bring photo identification and allow sufficient time to pass through security screening.  Do not bring restricted items, such as electronic devices, weapons, food, or beverages. For directions, parking, and entry information, see Visiting the Court.

Courtroom: Butzner Courtroom (Room 201)

Overflow Courtroom:  An audio-video feed will be broadcast to the Red Courtroom (Room 412).

Public Seating: Public seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Reserved Media Seating: Media representatives with approved requests for reserved seating must check in outside the Butzner Courtroom on the second floor.

Argument Panel:  The following oral argument panel was assigned in accordance with Fourth Circuit I.O.P. 34.1:

Honorable Diana Gribbon Motz  – seated in the middle and presiding at argument
Honorable Robert B. King – seated to the left as viewed from the audience
Honorable Stephanie D. Thacker – seated to the right as viewed from the audience

Counsel Presenting Arguments: (30 minutes per side)
Noel J. Francisco for Appellant Robert F. McDonnell
Richard D. Cooke for Appellee United States of America

Media Interviews and Public Gatherings: Media interviews and public gatherings must be conducted off the courthouse property and courthouse steps and must not impede public access to the courthouse.

Oral Argument Audio Links: The court will post a link to the audio file of the oral argument by 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at this link: This link will also be available on the court's Listen to Oral Arguments and Media pages.

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Brief and Appendix Links: The briefs and appendix are available through the PACER system via the link to Briefs for this case on the oral argument calendar. More information is available at the PACER Service Center.