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Former CT Governor’s Trial Set for Sept. 3

Lawyers argue some of the charges against former Gov. John G. Rowland are unconstitutional.

Former Gov. John G. Rowland (Credit: Wikipedia)
Former Gov. John G. Rowland (Credit: Wikipedia)

Former Gov. John G. Rowland’s trial for alleged campaign-related crimes is set for Sept. 3 in New Haven.

Jury selection will begin Aug. 5, according to the Hartford Courant, and U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton will preside.

Arterton decided prospective jurors must submit a questionnaire, and Rowland’s lawyers are allowed limited individual questioning away from the public, as per their request, the Courant reported. Arterton also allowed four extra alternate jurors, at the lawyers’ request.

However, she did not grant the lawyers extra challenges of prospective jurors, according to the Courant.

Rowland pleaded not guilty to charges of two counts of falsifying records in a federal investigation, one count of conspiracy, two counts of causing false statements to be made to the FEC and two counts of causing illegal campaign contributions, according to CBS New York.

“Rowland is accused of drafting phony contracts in an effort to disguise the nature of his political consulting work,” the Courant reported.

Rowland’s lawyers filed arguments Monday to have the case dismissed, saying some of the charges against Rowland are unconstitutional, according to News 8.

They say campaign finance restrictions are unconstitutional, and some limits only apply to campaign contributions, but not expenditures, News 8 reported.

Rowland served as the governor of Connecticut until 2004, when he resigned in the midst of a federal investigation, according to the New York Times. He pleaded guilty to a corruption-related charge and spent 10 months in prison.

Catherine & Dennis July 06, 2014 at 07:30 PM
If guilty he should go away and this time don't allow him to come near politics when he gets out. Won't be long I hope before Dannel gets time for what he did to the state. There is garbage on both sides. The system is broken and will no longer work. You have those cheering (voting) for their team no matter what and pointing the finger at the other team. It's not going to change until there is another system. I don't know what that sytem is but it would have to be one where PACS do not run the govt time for people to wake up and think of other ideas and directions while you still can. CT is allegedly still revolutionary right?
chinamom50 July 07, 2014 at 06:57 AM
Thank you Catherine & Dennis. The system is indeed broken and rabid hatred of the other party isn't helping to fix things. As for John Rowland, he's a crook, always has been, always will be. He is also a bully and what he is hiding in the sealed records of his first divorce is that he pushed his first wife down the stairs.
AnonEMT July 07, 2014 at 10:55 AM
How many chances do you give a corrupt politician in a corrupt city? Obviously how ever many they want!
Stan Valinski July 08, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Apparently if you hate and disparage Obama & Malloy on the radio you get as many chances as you want. He'll be back & some idiot conservative will hire him for his bullying of a liberal opponent...just as WTIC reached down to the political gutter to find him last time.
Joel Mrosek July 22, 2014 at 03:25 PM
The Democrat Machine wants to silence Rowland. He killed them at the polls and his radio show was exposing their graft, corruption and incompetence. Prosecutors allowed the truly corrupt parties to plead to misdemeanors in order to get them to give testimony against Rowland. These charges are chump change and serve only to silence a true threat to the monarchy.

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