Jury Selection to Begin in Ex-Donovan Aide’s Trial

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Jury selection is set to begin in the trial of a former aide to Connecticut House Speaker Chris Donovan charged in an alleged campaign finance scheme.

Prosecutors and lawyers for Robert Braddock Jr. are scheduled to start picking jurors Tuesday in federal court in New Haven. The trial is expected to begin May 13.

Braddock was the finance director of Donovan’s failed congressional campaign last year. Prosecutors say Braddock and seven other defendants who have pleaded guilty were involved in a scheme that used straw donors to hide the source of nearly $28,000 in contributions to Donovan’s campaign.

Authorities say the money was aimed at killing state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own tobacco shops. Donovan wasn’t charged.

Braddock pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and campaign finance charges.

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