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Rowland case transferred to tough-on-corruption judge

HARTFORD, Conn. – Former Gov. John G. Rowland’s campaign corruption case was transferred Friday to a federal court judge who has recently handed down lengthy prison terms in campaign corruption cases.

“I realize this sentence is one of particular shock given your career, but the message is that the cost of corruption ought to be too high,” Judge Janet Bond Arterton told a former correction officer last year as she sentenced him to two years in prison in another case.

The charges in that case stemmed from a campaign finance conspiracy involving former House Speaker Chris Donovan’s unsuccessful 2012 congressional campaign in the 5th District.

Rowland has been accused of similar charges over allegations he devised an illegal campaign finance scheme to secretly work for another candidate in that race, Lisa Wilson-Foley. His case had been before Judge Ellen Bree Burns. But the 90-year-old judge filed a transfer order Friday, reassigning the case “in the interest of justice.”

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3 responses to “Rowland case transferred to tough-on-corruption judge”

  1. John Hamlin

    Judge Arterton is a smart and fair judge. That may not be the best break for our former governor.

  2. Oldtimer

    If it all worked the way it should, if the case against him can be proven, as a second offender, he should not expect a lot of sympathy from any judge. Based on what has been published, he is in real trouble this time.

  3. Oldtimer

    Could be smart to see what kind of deal can be worked out in exchange for a guilty plea.

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