A federal judge has denied a bid from former Gov. John Rowland for a new trial in the criminal case that could send him to prison for up to three years.
Rowland faces sentencing on Wednesday following his conviction in September on charges that he conspired to hide his role with the congressional campaign of Republican candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley.
A defense attorney has argued that the trial would have been different if prosecutors had disclosed that Wilson-Foley told them she initially believed her husband had a legitimate business relationship with Rowland, apart from his role with the campaign.
U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven on Monday denied the motion for a new trial.
Rowland is facing a second prison term after previously serving 10 months for taking illegal gifts while in office.
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