Rowland argues charges are unconstitutional, false - KMSP-TV

Rowland argues charges are unconstitutional, false

Posted: Updated:
Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland in 2010. (AP file photo/Jessica Hill) Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland in 2010. (AP file photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Lawyers for former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland are arguing that some of the federal charges he faces are unconstitutional.

They filed new arguments Monday night seeking to have much of the case against the 57-year-old former governor dismissed.

Rowland is accused of trying to create secret paid consultant roles with two congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012.

Charges include conspiracy, falsifying records in a federal investigation, causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission, and causing illegal campaign contributions. He has pleaded not guilty.

Among other things, Rowland's lawyers argue that campaign finance restrictions cited by the government are unconstitutional based on recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

They also argue that some finance limits cited by the government only apply to contributions, not to campaign expenditures.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Connecticut NewsConnecticut NewsMore>>

  • Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Foley wins Connecticut Independent Party backing

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 01:35:03 GMT
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley has won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Connecticut, securing a second spot on the November ballot. Foley's campaign confirmed the Greenwich businessman won the third party's endorsement at Tuesday night's party caucus.
  • Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

    Off-duty state trooper arrested on DWI after crash

    Monday, August 18 2014 6:25 AM EDT2014-08-18 10:25:40 GMT
    A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.
    A Connecticut state trooper has been accused of driving under the influence after a crash in Ellington.
  • Sales tax-free week in Connecticut

    Sales tax-free week in Connecticut

    Friday, August 15 2014 12:01 PM EDT2014-08-15 16:01:03 GMT
    Connecticut shoppers will soon get a temporary reprieve on their state sale taxes.
    Connecticut shoppers will soon get a temporary reprieve on their state sale taxes.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices