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Appeal denied, Rowland faces his second trip to prison

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. Continue Reading →

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Brian Foley gets 3 months in halfway house in Rowland case

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. Continue Reading →

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Rowland makes bid to avoid up to 37 months in prison

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. Continue Reading →

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Rowland guilty on all counts, but lawyer vows appeal

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. Continue Reading →

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Rowland’s fate placed in the jury’s hands

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. Continue Reading →

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Rowland jurors won’t hear from ex-governor in his own defense

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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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Brian Foley concedes conspiracy with Rowland was ‘unspoken’

NEW HAVEN – Brian Foley conceded under cross-examination Tuesday that he and former Gov. John G. Rowland never explicitly agreed that Rowland’s work for Foley’s nursing home chain was a sham to conceal his role as a paid adviser to Lisa Wilson-Foley’s congressional campaign. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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