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Ex-Connecticut governor says he deserves new trial

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) A dispute over evidence in the federal conspiracy case against former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland has already led to a month-long delay in his sentencing and Rowland's lawyers say it should lead to a new trial.

Judge Janet Bond Arterton is going over written arguments to decide whether the prosecutors' failure to disclose statements made by former 5th congressionaldistrict candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley constitutes a harmless error by the government or a miscarriage of justice.

Defense attorney Reid Weingarten says Rowland's trial would have been significantly different if prosecutors had disclosed that Wilson-Foley told them she initially believed her husband had a legitimate business relationship with Rowland.

Prosecutors argue there was overwhelming evidence that Wilson-Foley was involved in the conspiracy to hide campaign consulting payments to Rowland through Brian Foley's business.

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