Jurors picked for ex-Gov. 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) — Jurors have been selected for the trial of former Gov. John G. Rowland on federal charges that he tried to create secret consultant roles with two congressional campaigns.

Twelve jurors and four alternates were picked Wednesday in federal court in New Haven.

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 because of his notoriety.

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

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