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Ex-Connecticut governor asks for leniency in sentencing

[JURIST] Former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland [Wikipedia profile] Thursday asked federal Judge Peter C. Dorsey for leniency when sentencing him on a federal corruptions. Rowland is charged with trading political access for trips to Las Vegas, Vermont, and repairs to his cottage totalling more than $100,000; he accepted a plea agreement [PDF] with prosecutors in December. In the sentencing memorandum filed in federal court, Rowland is portrayed as a devoted public servant who delegated authority to the wrong people, namely former co-chief of staff Peter Ellef and contractor William Tomasso, both under federal indictment. Rowland had resigned July 1 amid calls for impeachment. Rowland could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison though the defense expects prosecutors to seek the agreed-upon sentence in a plea deal of 21 months. Rowland is expected to be sentenced on Friday. AP has more.

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