Former Connecticut State Senator Ernest Newton
The former Governor of Connecticut, white and a Republican, was maybe 100 to 1000 times more corrupt than Newton ever was, and Rowland was a daily scumbag, all Rowland needed to do is get up every morning and do his usual corruption and sleaze routine as governor, daily, not the exception. Why then, did Rowland only need to serve less than a year in Federal Prison? Something stinks.
Newton was an outspoken critic of police and judicial misconduct ...
From the Hartford Courant:
Newton Sentenced To Five Years
1:05 PM EST, February 2, 2006 The Associated Press
Former state Sen. Ernest Newton, once one of Connecticut's top minority leaders, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison and three years probation for accepting a $5,000 bribe and other charges.
Before U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas sentenced Newton, the Bridgeport Democrat apologized to his family and community.
Newton, known for his flamboyant suits and outspoken style, pleaded guilty in September to bribery, tax evasion and mail fraud. He resigned his Senate seat a day before his plea.
Supporters packed a courtroom in U.S. District Court in Bridgeport for the sentencing hearing, to which Newton wore a conservative brown suit.
"I apologize to this court, to the federal government, to my family, to my community and to members of the legislature," Newton said.
"Not only have I let you down but I've let myself down."
Nevas asked Newton if he stood by past statements that prosecutors targeted him because of his race.
Newton is black.
"This is not about black and white," Newton replied.
"It's about wrong and right, and I was wrong."
Newton's attorney, Salvatore DePiano, asked Nevas to sentence Newton to community service and home confinement. Federal prosecutors urged a longer sentence.
"We're talking about a long, pervasive, extensive pattern of corrupt conduct," said prosecutor James Finnerty.
"He sold his office. It was Newton Inc., open for business 24-7."
DePiano said that Newton admits his mistakes and apologizes to friends, family and legislative colleagues.
"The acts that brought him here today are serious mistakes in judgment that have already proven extremely costly," DePiano said.
Friends told Nevas that Newton is a good man who made some mistakes.
Among them was former state Rep. Annette Carter, a Democrat from Hartford who asked for a lesser sentence for Newton.
"Please let the punishment fit the crime," Carter said.
"I ask you to please be lenient."
Supporters applauded as Carolyn Nah of the Greater Bridgeport NAACP asked for mercy, saying Newton is not a career criminal.
But federal prosecutors painted a different picture, accusing Newton in court papers of accepting numerous other bribes and taking campaign cash for favors to a reputed mobster.
Newton has not been charged with any crimes related to the reputed mobster, who was not identified.
In seeking a lighter sentence, Newton cited 19 letters from political colleagues, friends and relatives attesting to Newton's good character, his struggle against drug addiction and his work on behalf of his constituents.
Newton also has rejected accusations that an FBI wiretap recorded him trying to obstruct justice.
Warren Godbolt pleaded guilty to paying Newton the $5,000 bribe in exchange for help from Newton to obtain a $100,000 grant to a job training facility in Bridgeport Godbolt ran. Godbolt is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.
Nevas said Thursday that Newton clearly obstructed justice by instructing Godbolt to lie to the FBI.
Newton is the latest in a wave of corruption cases in Connecticut that have sent former Gov. John G. Rowland and others to prison.
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