NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Jurors have been selected for the federal trial of former Gov. John G. Rowland on charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.
Twelve jurors and four alternates were picked Wednesday from a pool of about 90 prospective jurors after a daylong review, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Rowland pleaded not guilty in April to conspiracy, falsifying records, causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission and causing illegal campaign contributions. Rowland says he did nothing wrong, denying the consulting contracts were false.
Prosecutors say the contracts were intended to hide his role in the campaigns because of his notoriety from an earlier corruption conviction.
Prosecutors allege that the contracts called for Rowland to be paid for nonexistent work done for an animal center operated by 2010 congressional candidate Mark Greenberg and a nursing home run by Brian Foley, the husband of 2012 candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley.
The government charges the second arrangement resulted in payments to Rowland that amounted to illegal campaign contributions by Brian Foley to his wife’s campaign.
The couple pleaded guilty on March 31 to conspiring to make illegal campaign contributions.
Rowland, whose trial in New Haven is set to begin Sept. 3 and last about three weeks, was released from prison in 2006 after serving 10 months on a corruption-related charge. He was seen as a rising star in the GOP when he was in office from 1995 to 2004.
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