Jury selection starting for Rowland trial

In this April 11, 2014 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven, Conn., where a grand jury had returned a seven-count indictment the previous day alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
In this April 11, 2014 file photo, former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven, Conn., where a grand jury had returned a seven-count indictment the previous day alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Jury selection is starting for the trial of former Gov. John G. Rowland on federal charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.

Prospective jurors will be in federal court in New Haven Tuesday to fill out questionnaires. They’re due to return Aug. 13 for questioning and selection.

Rowland pleaded not guilty in April to conspiracy, falsifying records in a federal investigation, 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.

Rowland, whose trial is due to begin in September, was released from prison in 2006 after serving 10 months on a corruption-related charge.

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