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Ex-Connecticut Gov. John Rowland Pleads Not Guilty

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN, Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland has pleaded not guilty to charges that he broke election laws to pursue roles with two congressional campaigns.

A federal judge in New Haven sent bond at $250,000 on Friday and scheduled jury selection for June 10.

Defense attorney Reid Weingarten said he is eager for a trial to begin.

A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal his involvement with campaigns for U.S. House in 2010 and 2012.

The 56-year-old Rowland faces charges including falsifying records in a federal investigation and causing illegal campaign contributions. If convicted, those charges carry a maximum prison sentence of 57 years.

Rowland resigned as governor 10 years ago in an earlier scandal that sent him to prison for 10 months


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