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Closing argument: Rowland targeted wealthy political newcomers

Former Gov. John G. Rowland enters court Thursday for closing arguments (Hugh McQuaid / ctnewsjunkie)
Former Gov. John G. Rowland enters court Thursday for closing arguments. (Hugh McQuaid / ctnewsjunkie)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In closing arguments, prosecutors said former governor John G. Rowland entered into a conspiracy to hide his involvement in congressional campaigns because he could not sell his “most valuable” political assets in public based on his prior felony conviction.

Jurors have listened to weeks of testimony regarding allegations that Rowland conspired to perform political work for two congressional campaigns while keeping the payments hidden from election regulators.

The trial was poised to be handed over to the jury Thursday with lawyers from both sides making their closing statements. U.S. Attorney Chris Mattei told the jury that the conspiracy was born of the former governor’s desire to make use of his political expertise.

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