Appeals court upholds conviction of ex-Connecticut governor

Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland moments after learning he would be returning to prison (Photo: Austin T. Boucher)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the political corruption conviction of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City rejected Rowland’s appeal Friday.

Rowland was sentenced to a 2 ½-year prison term last year following his conviction on a charge of conspiring to disguise work he did on a failed 2012 congressional campaign. He is free on bail.

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His attorney, Andrew Fish, said the government withheld evidence that would have benefited the defense and has misapplied a federal law. Fish didn’t immediately return messages Friday.

Prosecutors denied those charges and argued the conviction should stand.

Rowland resigned from office in 2004 amid a corruption scandal and served 10 months in prison for taking illegal gifts.

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