Rowland: do not pass go, do not collect $107,000, go directly to jail.
Busted. Bernie, you're next. See you in lockup
Rowland Pleads Guilty
By JON LENDER
The Hartford Courant
December 23, 2004, 11:45 AM EST
Former Gov. John G. Rowland, who resigned July 1 amid a scandal over his acceptance of gifts and favors from state contractors and others, pleaded guilty this morning in U.S. District Court in New Haven under an agreement that will send him to jail.
"Obviously mistakes have been made throughout the last few years, and I accept responsibility for those," Rowland told reporters after entering the plea. "But I also ask the people of this state to appreciate and understand what we have tried to do over the past 25 years in public service."
The plea is the result of sensitive negotiations between Rowland and federal prosecutors who were gearing up to seek an indictment of the Republican former governor early next year on charges that could have included conspiracy and racketeering, sources said.
Rowland entered the New Haven courthouse about 9:30 a.m. with his wife, Patty, and his lawyer, William F. Dow III. He declined to take reporters' questions, but told them, "I'll see you on the way out."
Prosecutors told the judge that Rowland accepted $107,000 worth of vacations, work on his cottage and free flights from state contractors and others. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nora Dannahey said the charge also involves a conspiracy to defraud the IRS.
Federal guidelines call for a sentence of between 15 to 21 months in prison, the lawyers involved said. Sentencing was set for March.
U.S. District Judge Peter Dorsey advised Rowland that as a convicted felon he would not be able to vote or hold public office.
How the fuck did he think he could take that kind of bribe and get away with it? Jim McGreevey lost his job and marriage over less. You take $107K in kickbacks, your ass belongs in jail.
And he's a piker compared to our own Grifty McPad, taking millions. Hell,Kerik's condo was worth more than that. They don't call it the Big Apple for nothing. Greedy asshole.
posted by Steve @ 1:01:00 PM