Prosecutors defend motives for prosecuting Rowland case

John G. Rowland (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are defending their motives for prosecuting the conspiracy case against former Gov. John Rowland and former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley.

Wilson-Foley’s attorneys have argued that hiding payments for Rowland’s work on her 2012 campaign was a “record-keeping” violation that could have been handled in a civil enforcement by the Federal Election Commission.

In a pre-sentencing memo last week they suggested the criminal prosecution was driven by sensationalism due to the involvement of Rowland, and the government’s dissatisfaction with the sentence the former Republican governor served in his 2004 corruption case.

Prosecutors responded in a filing Tuesday, denying they were on a “blind pursuit” of Rowland, and arguing that if elected Wilson-Foley would have taken office “as a criminal who had won election by criminal means.”

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