Former Connecticut Chief Justice Francis McDonald dies at 87
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald, known as an outspoken, tough-on-crime conservative who often dissented with the majority, has died. He was 87.
An obituary prepared by his family says he died Monday at a hospital in his native Waterbury from complications from pneumonia.
In new job, disgraced governor helps fellow ex-cons
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Fresh off his second stint in federal custody, former Gov. John Rowland is now working as a fundraiser for a Christian group that helps convicts return to their communities and turn their lives around.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has been released from federal custody nearly a year early from his 30-month sentence for hiding his political consulting roles in two campaigns.
Rowland was released from federal custody Friday after serving 19 months. His sentence began in the fall of 2016.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Connecticut governor who was twice convicted on felony charges is scheduled to be released from federal custody.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons says former Gov. John Rowland will be released from a halfway house Sunday, nearly a year early from his 30-month sentence.
The 61-year-old Republican had been transferred to the halfway house from a prison camp in Pennsylvania.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The first female lieutenant governor of Connecticut has died at age 80.
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement posted on Twitter on Wednesday that former Lt. Gov. Eunice Groark holds an important place in Connecticut history as a woman, a state leader and an advocate.
Groark served as lieutenant governor from 1991 to 1995 alongside Gov. Lowell Weicker Jr.
Spada, judge and public safety commissioner, dies at 85
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Arthur Spada, a former Connecticut judge and state public safety commissioner praised for rooting out police corruption and criticized for personally pulling over speeding drivers, has died. He was 85.
Spada died Thursday of undisclosed causes, according to the D'Esopo Funeral Chapel in Wethersfield.
The Hartford native worked as an attorney for 20 years before being nominated as a Superior Court judge in 1977 by Democratic Gov. Ella Grasso.
Tracks on the rail line worn from daily use. Roads overdue for repairs. Buildings showing fatigue.
I can’t help but think of the condition of Connecticut when I assess my 6-year-old’s playroom every dawn. There’s just not enough coin in the transportation fund and general budget for appropriate upgrades.
In a sense, the career of John Rowland, the twice-convicted former governor, prepared us for this political moment.
It was back in December of 2003 and he was somewhere between fibbing on the source of improvements to his weekend-getaway shack on Litchfield’s Bantam Lake, and finally getting busted by the feds for accepting luxury air charters to Las Vegas and Florida.
The sign outside Connecticut’s so-called “big tent party” reads: elephants only.
But if Dave Walker had his druthers, Republicans would switch to a “semi-open” primary to allow the state’s largest electorate bloc, unaffiliated voters, to cast votes for the party’s candidates.
The gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. comptroller general, who resides in Bridgeport, said there’s a legitimate upside to changing the eligibility rules of the GOP’s closed primary system.
For Democrats, suing the Trump administration is almost part of the job description.
So it’s no wonder that the nominating race for Connecticut’s attorney general is turning out to be one of the more competitive intra-party contests of 2018 — and it’s only January.
Before running for Connecticut attorney general, those with designs on becoming the next Richard Blumenthal or George Jepsen should perhaps hire a lawyer — other than themselves.
Just ask former Secretary of the State and attorney Susan Bysiewicz who was ruled ineligible for the office in 2010 because she hadn’t practiced law for at least 10 years.
It never seemed like the right fit — like if Bob Mueller ran for president.
After seven months of exploring a run for governor, a gauntlet that requires even the most independent-minded person to cozy up to the political class, the guy who sent former Gov. John Rowland to prison for campaign fraud has opted against a run for governor.
Instead, Democrat Chris Mattei, who made a name for himself prosecuting those who betrayed the public’s trust, will run for state attorney general.
President nominates Durham for Connecticut US attorney
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated longtime federal prosecutor John Durham to serve as U.S. attorney for Connecticut.
The White House announced the nomination Wednesday and sent it to the Senate for approval, saying Durham and nominees for other U.S. attorney jobs share Trump's vision for "making America safe again."
Ex-Connecticut governor to get early release from prison
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, serving a 30-month prison sentence for campaign fraud, will be released nearly a year early from a federal minimum-security camp in Pennsylvania, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said.
The 60-year-old Republican, who also was convicted in a corruption scandal that forced him to resign the governorship in 2004, is scheduled to be released from the Lewisburg penitentiary camp 11 months early, on May 27, 2018.
The governor’s race is starting to resemble Interstate 95 at rush hour.
On Wednesday, a former federal prosecutor who won a conviction in the campaign fraud case of incarcerated ex-Gov. John Rowland announced that he had filed exploratory papers for the state’s highest office.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to disturb the convictions of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland for conspiring to hide his work for two Republican congressional candidates, several years after he resigned from office and served prison time for corruption.
The 59-year-old Republican argued that contracts he prepared, which federal prosecutors said illegally sought to disguise the nature of his role in the campaigns, were not falsified records.
Ex-governor asks US Supreme Court to review conviction
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his most recent public corruption conviction.
A spokeswoman for the court confirms that the Republican filed his petition on Monday.
A federal jury in 2014 convicted Rowland of seven charges including conspiracy and falsifying records.
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Zarella leaving Connecticut Supreme Court after 16 years
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Justice Peter T. Zarella will retire from the Connecticut Supreme Court at the end of December after nearly 16 years as one of the court's most conservative members.
The 67-year-old Zarella announced his retirement Thursday. He will start work in January at the law firm McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter.
The man never stood a chance. The overwhelming power of the corrupt left-wing demigods delivered a knock out blow to one of our most promising governors. And they did it with smiles and smirks that would make Hillary appear pouty.
When Gov. John Rowland launched his highly popular, conservative radio talk show program several years back, the piranhas came, circling and waiting to strike. And strike they did.
MILFORD — Funeral services will be held Tuesday for a labor attorney who began his career as a legal aid lawyer in Bridgeport and later sued Gov. John Rowland over the state’s use of replacement workers during a 2001 nursing home strike.
John Michael Creane, 75, died at his home here on Thursday. His funeral will be held at the Cody White Funeral Home on Broad Street, 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday evening from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ex-Connecticut Gov. Rowland reports to prison for a 2nd time
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland reported to a federal prison in New York on Monday to begin serving a 2 ½-year sentence for conspiring to hide his work on political campaigns — a decade after he finished doing prison time for a corruption scandal that led him to resign from office in 2004.
The 59-year-old Republican reported to the Otisville federal prison, about 80 miles northwest of New York City, said U.S. Marshal Brian Taylor.