District Court Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven ruled that a
jury must decide whether the charges against Rowland, a Republican
who was forced to resign in 2004, are justified.
Rowland, 57, pleaded not guilty in April to charges of conspiracy,
falsifying records in a federal investigation, causing false
statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission and causing
illegal campaign contributions while working as a campaign adviser
from 2009 to 2012. (http://bit.ly/1qHXhc9)
His lawyers had argued that new campaign finance restrictions cited
by prosecutors are unconstitutional in light of a recent U.S.
Supreme Court ruling that struck down limits on how much individuals
can donate in an election cycle.
"An indictment is sufficient if it, first, contains the elements of
the offense charged and fairly informs a defendant of the charge
against which he must defend, and, second, enables him to plead an
acquittal or conviction in bar of future prosecutions for the same
offense," she wrote.
The new case against Rowland involves former Republican
congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian
Foley, who prosecutors say agreed to pay Rowland $35,000 under an
illegal contract when he worked as a political consultant.
Prosecutors said the contract called for Rowland to be paid for
non-existent work at nursing homes operated by Brian Foley, and that
the payments to Rowland amounted to illegal contributions by Brian
Foley to his wife's campaign.
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The couple has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Rowland's attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
After stepping down as governor, Rowland served 10 months in prison
after pleading guilty to accepting gifts and work at his home from
people awarded lucrative state contracts.
(Corrects time element to Tuesday, instead of Wednesday, in 1st
paragraph; adds dropped words in 2nd paragraph)
(Editing by Scott Malone and Steve Orlofsky)
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