A federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. John G. Rowland’s conviction and 30-month prison sentence for his role in a scheme to solicit two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 to secretly pay him as a political consultant in violation of U.S. campaign finance laws.
Lisa Wilson-Foley, a wealthy protégée whom ex-Gov. John G. Rowland liked to call “grasshopper” as he tutored her behind-the-scenes on the art of politics, will be following her mentor straight to prison for her role in the botched business scheme they engineered with her husband to help her win a U.S. Congressional seat.
Brian Foley, the millionaire who illegally bought the consulting services of former Gov. John G. Rowland for his wife’s congressional campaign, then became a crucial witness against Rowland to save himself and his family, was sentenced Friday to probation, a $30,000 fine and three months in a halfway house.
The inauguration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will not have to share time on the evening news Wednesday with the sentencing in U.S. District Court of a predecessor, John G. Rowland.
Chris Healy, the former Republican state chairman who was a senior adviser to a 2012 congressional campaign that was derailed by scandal, will be a communication and policy analyst for the state Senate Republican minority.
Federal prosecutors say that former Gov. John G. Rowland was making $420,000 a year when he conspired to be secretly hired for $5,000 a month as a consultant to the 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.
John G. Rowland is using testimonials from his daughters and stepson, wife and ex-wife, the minister who served as his radio co-host, and others in a bid to convince a federal judge to disregard a probation officer’s calculation that sentencing guidelines call for the former governor to be returned to prison for up to 37 months.
NEW HAVEN — A jury in U.S. District Court convicted former Gov. John G. Rowland on Friday on charges arising from what the government described as a scheme to solicit two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012 to secretly pay him as a political consultant in violation of U.S. campaign finance laws.
Here is a breakdown of the seven-count indictment against former Gov. John G. Rowland. A jury in U.S. District Court deliberated for about 90 minutes Thursday and resumed their work at 9 a.m. Friday.
NEW HAVEN – The case against former Gov. John G. Rowland went to the jury at 3:37 p.m. Thursday after a day of argument about whether Rowland, the political wunderkind who became a felon, conspired to illegally hide work for a congressional candidate by accepting a consulting contract from her husband’s company.
Updated: 10:12 a.m.
NEW HAVEN – The defense in the John G. Rowland trial rested Wednesday without calling the former governor, whose resignation and subsequent guilty plea to corruption charges in 2004 rendered him a risky witness in his own defense. Closing arguments will be made Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
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.