Connecticut ex-governor opens defense in campaign law trial

CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR ROWLAND MAKES RESIGNATION SPEECH.By Richard Weizel NEW HAVEN Conn. (Reuters) – The first defense witness in the trial of former Connecticut Governor John Rowland testified on Monday that Rowland performed legitimate consulting services for a nursing home company, countering prosecutors who say he worked under a phony contract in violation of federal campaign laws. Rowland attended numerous meetings with top executives of Apple Healthcare in 2011 and 2012, and offered “helpful advice” to the company, its chief operating officer Brian Bedard said on Monday. Earlier on Monday, after nearly two weeks of testimony in U.S. …

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