Rowland’s appeal headed to federal court
HARTFORD — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland’s appeal of his 2014 campaign fraud convictions is set to go before a federal court.
The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York is scheduled to hear arguments Friday, exactly a year after the Republican was sentenced to 2½ years in prison. He remains free on bail.
Rowland was convicted of conspiring to hide payments for work he did on the failed 2012 congressional campaign of Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley and trying to do the same on the failed 2010 congressional campaign of Republican Mark Greenberg.
Prosecutors say Rowland’s convictions should stand. They deny allegations in the appeal that they withheld evidence favorable to the defense.
Rowland resigned as governor in 2004 during a corruption scandal that sent him to prison for 10 months.