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Judge: Connecticut ex-governor can remain free during appeal

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Former Gov. John Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven on March 18, 2015. (WFSB photo) Former Gov. John Rowland arrives at federal court in New Haven on March 18, 2015. (WFSB photo)
HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

A federal judge says former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland can remain free on bail while appealing convictions in a political consulting scam that resulted in a 2½-year prison sentence in March.

Rowland was to report to prison June 16. But federal Judge Janet Bond Arteron in New Haven ruled Thursday that he can remain free while appealing to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.

Arteron said some of Rowland's appeal issues could lead to a reversal of the convictions or a new trial.

The Republican former governor was convicted of charges including conspiring to hide payments for consulting on the failed 2012 congressional campaign of Lisa Wilson-Foley.

Rowland resigned as governor in 2004 during a corruption scandal that sent him to prison for 10 months.

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