NEW HAVEN, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal jury on Thursday began deliberating the fate of former Gov. John G. Rowland, who is accused of conspiring to hide work on two political campaigns as business deals.
Rowland, who served 10 months in federal prison a decade ago for taking illegal gifts while in office, faces seven counts this time, including obstruction of justice, conspiracy to violate election law and falsifying records, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.READ MORE: Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo Charged With Misdemeanor Forcible Touching
“This is a case that goes to the very heart of the most basic right we have in America, the right to vote, the right to make informed decisions about who is going to represent us,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei said in his summation Thursday.