- Associated Press - Monday, January 5, 2015

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday delayed the sentencing of former Gov. John Rowland in a campaign fraud case because of defense lawyers’ concerns about some evidence not being disclosed to them before trial.

Rowland, a Republican, was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in New Haven. A new sentencing date wasn’t immediately released. Judge Janet Bond Arterton is expected to hold a hearing soon on the evidence issue.

The U.S. attorney’s office announced the sentencing delay, saying it will give the parties and the judge time to address the evidence issue raised by the defense.

Rowland was convicted in September of conspiring to hide payments for work he did on the failed 2012 congressional campaign of fellow Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley through a phony contract with a nursing home business owned by her husband, Brian Foley.

Federal prosecutors are asking that Rowland serve more than three years in prison. Defense lawyers say he shouldn’t spend any more than 18 months in prison.

Rowland’s lawyer Reid Weingarten asked the judge on Friday to delay the sentencing, saying the defense hadn’t been informed that Foley had told his wife that a law firm had signed off on the nursing home business’s deal with Rowland. Weingarten said that had he been aware of that he would have brought up the information at trial and likely called Wilson-Foley as a witness.

Wilson-Foley and Foley pleaded guilty to federal charges in March and await sentencing.

The U.S. attorney’s office said the delay of Rowland’s sentencing hasn’t affected the sentencing dates for Wilson-Foley and Foley. Wilson-Foley is set to be sentenced Jan. 13, while Foley is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

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