Rowland Hopes to Avoid Prison
The federal sentencing guidelines suggest that former Gov. John Rowland should receive 15 to 21 months in prison for "trading political access for more than $100,000 in chartered trips to Las Vegas, Vermont vacations and repairs to his lakeside cottage." But the guidelines after Booker are merely advisory, and Rowland's lawyers are taking advantage of that change to ask that Rowland be spared incarceration.
In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday morning in New Haven federal court, Rowland's attorney, William F. Dow III, portrayed the three-term Republican, as a devoted public servant who made mistakes in delegating authority to people in his administration who have since been indicted on corruption charges.
Rowland is scheduled to be sentenced tomorrow.
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