Ex-governor's pension unaffected by conviction

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Posted: Sep 30, 2014 9:36 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland's state pension of nearly $53,000 a year will not be affected by his second felony conviction.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/1CDeRmp ) that a spokeswoman for Attorney General George Jepsen says he has no legal basis to revoke or reduce the 57-year-old Rowland's pension because he's a private citizen.

State law in 2008 targeted public officials convicted of a crime by preventing them from collecting a pension. Rowland, whose first conviction was in 2004, was unaffected by the new law because it was not applied retroactively. He resigned.

Rowland was convicted on Sept. 19 in federal court on charges he conspired to be paid for work on political campaigns while disguising the payments in business deals.

He's due to be sentenced Jan. 7.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com