Prosecutors to Rowland: Tell it to a jury

John G. Rowland goes to court for his arraignment (Douglas Healey file photo)
John G. Rowland goes to court for his arraignment (Douglas Healey file photo)

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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2 responses to “Prosecutors to Rowland: Tell it to a jury”

  1. Norewalk Lifer

    John Rowland should just move to Louisiana, where actions like this do not raise an eyebrow.

    Norwalk Lifer

  2. One and Done.

    Recall when Rowland was first tossed from office, he promised that if he was going down that others would be going with him when faced with a prospect of 10 years in jail. Miraculously he only got 1 year and he implicated no one else. So he could have drained the swamp in Hartford and the rats only gave him a year to shut him up. Maybe he won’t be so quiet this time around? I doubt it. Worse than Louisiana, we have become Rhode Island.

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