HARTFORD, Conn. – Federal prosecutors asked a judge this week to deny former Gov. John G. Rowland’s request to dismiss campaign corruption charges against him. Prosecutors called Rowland’s arguments “unconvincing,” but said he could make them to a jury.
Last month, Rowland’s attorneys filed a motion to dismiss seven federal charges relating to consulting work the former governor performed in 2012 for 5th Congressional District candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley. The work and Rowland’s $35,000 compensation weren’t reported to election regulators.
The government says Rowland “devised a scheme” to work for Republican congressional candidates and even drew up phony contracts to hide his involvement from the regulators.
However, Rowland’s lawyers challenged all seven counts of alleged wrongdoing and asked Judge Ellen Bree Burns to dismiss the case. They disputed the government’s claim that the former governor had executed any fraudulent contracts. Although the documents are cited in the government’s indictment, Rowland’s attorneys insist they were never signed and were written broadly enough to encompass any campaign consultant work he did.
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