A decade after being forced to resign from office after being
found guilty of corruption, 57-year-old Rowland in April pleaded not
guilty to seven criminal counts including conspiracy and falsifying
records, with prosecutors contending he tried to hide payments from
two campaigns where he sought consulting work from 2009 through
The day before his trial was due to open in U.S. District Court in
New Haven, attorneys squabbled over the admissibility of evidence
prosecutors said they inadvertently sent to defense attorneys over
The charges involve former Republican congressional candidate Lisa
Wilson-Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, who prosecutors contend
agreed to pay Rowland $35,000 under what they described as an
illegal contract when he worked as a political consultant during the
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.
The couple has pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Prosecutors asked District Judge Janet Arterton to prevent defense
attorneys from presenting as evidence written messages from Brian
Foley, who is expected to be a star witness for the prosecution.
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Prosecutors indicated they learned of their mistake in sending out
the privileged materials when Rowland's defense lawyers, led by
attorney Reid Weingarten, filed notice that they were planning to
introduce during the trial evidence of more than a half dozen
letters between Foley and his criminal defense lawyers, Hubert J.
Santos and Jessica Santos of Hartford.
Federal prosecutors also accuse Rowland of previously attempting to
work as a paid, but secret, consultant on the Republican
congressional campaign of Mark Greenberg in 2009.
Both Wilton-Foley and Greenberg lost their congressional bids.
Rowland was forced from office after pleading guilty to accepting
gifts and work at his home from contractors who were awarded
lucrative state contracts. He served 10 months in prison in 2006 on
(Reporting by Richard Weizel; Editing by Scott Malone and Eric
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