RICHMOND, VA -- Former State Senator Bill Baroni will leave prison pending bail following an opinion delivered on Monday by United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Judge Susan Wigenton.
The decision comes just days after the United State Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Baroni and his former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey colleague Bridget Kelly. The pair were both convicted in 2016 on charges of fraud and conspiracy in connection with the politcally-motivated Bridgegate scandal that caused the closure of the George Washington Bridge in 2013. The Court did not issue any further clarifying statement when it announced it would hear the appeal.
According to court documents filed by Baroni's legal counsel on July 1, "Baroni is not a risk of flight or danger to the community. The Government also agrees that the Supreme Court’s decision to hear Kelly's and Baroni’s case means that the case necessarily raises a substantial question of law that could result in reversal or an order for a new trial."
Baroni began serving his 18-month sentence on April 9, 2019 at the federal minimum security prison Loretto Federal Correction Institution in Pennsylvania. It is uncertain when he could be released. Baroni joined Kelly in filing an appeal before the Supreme Court to reverse the convictions under the legal argument that the statutes applied to their case were applicable to personal gain and not standard political activity.
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