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Attorney: Rowland wanted redemption; feds say he wanted lucrative contract

Mark Greenberg (left) and former Gov. John Rowland
Mark Greenberg (left) and former Gov. John Rowland

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – During the first day of former Gov. John Rowland’s criminal trial, his lawyer told jurors the case would contain plenty of distasteful politics, but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by the man forced out of office a decade ago.

Rowland, who resigned in 2004 before serving a 10 month bid in federal prison on corruption charges, appeared in court Wednesday. He’s now facing charges he arranged to do political work for two congressional campaigns while conspiring to keep his pay hidden from election regulators.

Prosecutors laid out a snapshot of their case in their opening statement. They showed jurors emails from Rowland promising a political victory to Mark Greenberg, a longshot candidate in 2009. “I can get you elected if you are interested,” Rowland wrote.

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