Saturday, January 17, 2015

John G. Rowland, Poster Child for Corruptikut's Culture of Corruption?

I recall seeing a brag on John G. Rowland's official Connecticut Governor's webpage. Child abuse went down 45% and Rowland's then went after 445% more children to take away from even good parents. You see, Rowland was taking bribes from the Mob to allow them to build, supply, and run Kiddie Max Prisons for kids. More kids were needed for Federal Tax Dollars. Rowland was glad to oblige. Rowland is one of the slimiest pieces of shit ever to polish an official chair. 

Rowland used to be know as "Johnny" to both Presidents, Bush. Rowland was thought to be the next Republican Golden Boy before he took his tumble. Johnny, I hope you burn in hell ...

-Steven G. Erickson
stevengerickson at

Here's your legacy, John the Traitor:

Text of letter sent by Steven G. Erickson to possibly be the very first letter placed on John G. Rowland's prison bunk to be read for Rowland's last stint in Federal Prison [click here]. 

Steven G. Erickson, PO Box Eight Seventy-Four, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302 USA


The below from the Hartford Courant was cut and pasted [from here]:

An unusual dispute over whether federal authorities wrongly withheld evidence favorable to former Gov. John G. Rowland has held up the continuing prosecution of the ex-governor and the congressional candidate with whom he is accused of committing campaign-related crimes in 2012.

The argument turns on whether the U.S. Attorney's office failed in a legal obligation to disclose information to Rowland that might have helped his defense when he was tried and convicted at U.S. District Court in September of conspiring to violate federal campaign laws and obstruct the investigation.

Should Rowland succeed in proving he was denied evidence that might have enabled him to change the outcome of his trial, his conviction could be overturned. Such outcomes are rare.

Government prosecutors claim in court papers that they disclosed all appropriate evidence to Rowland. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office declined to discuss the matter outside court, as did defense lawyers

A jury convicted Rowland, in about six hours, of four felonies and two misdemeanors. He faces from 37 to 46 months in prison. His sentencing has been postponed while his lawyers and prosecutors argue over whether he was denied evidence.

The information in dispute involves statements that Rowland co-conspirator and congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley or her lawyer claim they made in a meeting and related conversations with federal prosecutors and investigators.

The disputed statements are described to a limited degree in legal documents filed publicly Friday at U.S. District Court. The nature of the disputed material reportedly is described more fully in an affidavit filed in court by Wilson-Foley lawyer Craig A. Raabe of Hartford. The affidavit is sealed from public view at the government's request, according to the court filings.

The public court filings show that the dispute grows from Wilson-Foley's insistence that, initially, she had no knowledge of the criminal conspiracy that the government claims existed among her; her husband, Brian Foley; and Rowland.

The government claims that the three agreed that Rowland would work secretly as a top adviser to Wilson-Foley's 2012 campaign while being paid $5,000 a month under a sham consulting contract with Brian Foley's nursing home chain, Apple Rehab. All three were charged with violating campaign law by failing to report Rowland's salary as a campaign expenditure.

Raabe claims that he and Wilson-Foley have insisted to the government over a period approaching a year that she had been assured by her husband that Rowland's consulting contract with the nursing home chain was legitimate and that a campaign law expert had said it was proper for Rowland to collect fees from Apple Rehab while volunteering for the campaign.

Wilson-Foley has not deviated from her account, in spite of what appears to have been growing hostility from prosecutors, according to a document that Raabe filed in court Friday.

Raabe said that Wilson-Foley's account was first provided to prosecutors at a time when the government did not contemplate charging her in the conspiracy. It did not change, Raabe said, after prosecutors decided to charge her, after she agreed to plead guilty and after the government disclosed that it wants to imprison her for 10 months.

Federal prosecutors wrote in court filings that "the Government has no record or recollection of Ms. Wilson-Foley or her attorneys" making such statements.

Raabe has said in court filings that Wilson-Foley agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor conspiracy charge because she learned, after Rowland began working for her campaign, that his contract with the nursing home was a fraud and that her husband was really paying him for campaign work.

Rowland's defense at his trial consisted substantially of the contention that he believed that his contract with Apple Rehab was legitimate, that he was doing valuable consulting work for the nursing home chain and that there was no need to report what he insisted was his volunteer campaign work to federal election regulators.

Rowland lawyer Reid Weingarten said in his court filings that the ex-governor's lawyers would have mounted a different defense had they known that Wilson-Foley was claiming — as did Rowland — to have been deceived by her husband.

"Ms. Wilson-Foley representations, if accurate, are highly favorable to Mr. Rowland," Weingarten wrote in a Jan. 2 letter to Rowland's trial judge, U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton. "They are entirely consistent with Mr. Rowland's theory of the case at trial: that there was no conspiracy and that any illicit intent was secreted in Mr. Foley's mind."

"Assuming that Ms. Wilson-Foley's representations are accurate and this material was not produced, Mr. Rowland has suffered material prejudice," Weingarten wrote.

Wilson-Foley's sentencing has been postponed to Tuesday, but her lawyer has asked that it again be postponed. Arterton has yet to work out a schedule to resolve the evidentiary dispute.


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