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Outside presence of the jury, a day of drama at Rowland’s trial

Updated: 3:28 p.m
NEW HAVEN – Prosecutors and the defense wrangled through the day Tuesday over whether an Apple Rehab executive could testify about conversations in which the company’s owner, Brian Foley, denied having any deal to illegally hire former Gov. John G. Rowland as a consultant to the congressional campaign of his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley.

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Feds draw picture for jurors as Rowland case nears its end

Updated: 3:40 p.m.
NEW HAVEN – The government rested its case Monday against former Gov. John G. Rowland, who is accused of entering into a sham consulting deal with Apple Rehab to hide his status as a paid adviser to Lisa Wilson-Foley’s 2012 congressional campaign. Rowland’s lawyer strongly hinted that his list of witnesses will not include Rowland.

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Apple Rehab execs say Rowland provided no services

NEW HAVEN – Prosecutors offered evidence Friday aimed at undercutting former Gov. John G. Rowland’s claim that his $5,000 monthly fee from Brian Foley’s nursing home chain was for substantial work, not a means to hide his alleged status as paid consultant to the congressional campaign of Foley’s wife. And Andrew Roraback, a congressional candidate who says Rowland ambushed him on his radio show, told his story in court.

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Tom Foley’s campaign manager recommended Rowland

Tom Foley, the 2014 Republican nominee for governor, emerged as a tangential figure Tuesday in the corruption trial of former Gov. John G. Rowland. Brian Foley, no relation to the nominee, testified that Foley’s campaign manager in 2010 and 2014, Justin Clark, recommended Rowland as a political consultant in early 2011 to the 2012 congressional campaign of Brian Foley’s wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley.

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Brian Foley: a crucial witness — and indulgent political spouse

NEW HAVEN – It seemed there was little that Brian Foley, wealthy owner of a nursing home chain, wouldn’t do to support the congressional ambitions of his wife, Lisa Wilson-Foley. He made an illegal $500,000 contribution, then used his children, sister, niece and nephew as conduits to further evade contribution limits. And, he testified Monday, he concocted the plan to secretly hire former Gov. John G. Rowland as a campaign consultant.

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Rowland attacks federal indictment, ‘poisonous’ publicity

Attorneys for John G. Rowland sought the dismissal Tuesday of the criminal indictment accusing the former Republican governor of conspiring to act as a secret paid consultant to the congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley in 2012. If that fails, they also want a closer examination of prospective jurors to guard against “poisonous” pre-trial publicity.