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Braddock Back in Court in Donovan Case

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Robert Braddock, Jr., left, outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. His attorney Frank Riccio the Second is at right. The charges relate to Braddock's work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan.  Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Robert Braddock, Jr., left, outside New Haven Federal Court following his arraignment on campaign finance-related charges. His attorney Frank Riccio the Second is at right. The charges relate to Braddock’s work for congressional candidate and Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ The finance director of former Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan’s failed congressional campaign is due back in court on charges of trying to hide the source of campaign contributions.

Robert Braddock Jr. of Meriden has pleaded not guilty to the charges. He’s scheduled to appear Monday in federal court in New Haven for a pretrial conference.

Prosecutors say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raise taxes on “roll-your-own” smoke shop owners.

Seven of eight people charged in the case have pleaded guilty and jury selection for Braddock’s trial is set to start May 7.

Donovan lost the Democratic primary and withdrew from the race. He was not charged and has denied knowing about the scheme.

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