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February 3, 2014

Feds Tell Donovan The Case Is Closed

by Staff Report | February 3, 2014 5:42pm

Hugh McQuaid file photo Federal prosecutors do not plan to charge former House Speaker Chris Donovan in the 2012 campaign corruption case that dashed his congressional candidacy and has two of his former staffers serving prison terms.

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November 18, 2013

No Jail Time For Man At Center of Campaign Scandal

by Hugh McQuaid | November 18, 2013 12:43pm

Hugh McQuaid photo (Updated 1:44 p.m.) The architect of the campaign fundraising conspiracy that derailed Chris Donovan’s 2012 congressional bid won’t see the inside of a prison cell thanks to his efforts to help federal authorities build a case against his co-conspirators.

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November 11, 2013

Lawyer Asks for Leniency In Sentencing Former Correction Officer

by Hugh McQuaid | November 11, 2013 2:35pm

Screen grab from union video A lawyer for Harry “Ray” Soucy asked a judge last week to ignore sentencing guidelines and the crass portrait of his client that emerged during the course of a federal campaign corruption case against Soucy and his co-conspirators.

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September 27, 2013

OP-ED | Failing The Smell Test In Hartford

by Terry D. Cowgill | September 27, 2013 5:29am

(UPDATED Sept. 29) Connecticut is a land of paradoxes. On the one hand, while some are trying to make secrecy the norm again, we still have some of the strongest freedom-of-information and open-government laws in the country. On the other hand, our state is sometimes run like a third-world country, replete with enough graft and chicanery to make Boss Tweed blush.

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September 19, 2013

Former Campaign Manager Apologizes, Gets 28 Months

by Hugh McQuaid | September 19, 2013 12:41pm

(Updated 2:29 p.m.) Joshua Nassi, the campaign manager and longtime aide to former House Speaker Chris Donovan, made a tearful apology Thursday before a federal court judge sentenced him to more than two years in prison for campaign corruption.

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September 16, 2013

Prosecutors Say Evidence Points to Donovan Understanding Scheme

by Hugh McQuaid | September 16, 2013 5:30am

Christine Stuart file photo In recommending a prison sentence for his former campaign manager, prosecutors say the evidence makes it “plain” that former House Speaker Chris Donovan understood the scheme to trade campaign contributions for legislative influence.

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September 5, 2013

Two More Sentenced In Donovan Campaign Finance Scandal

by Christine Stuart | September 5, 2013 5:30am

A Waterbury police detective who co-owned a smoke shop was sentenced Wednesday to more than two years in prison for his role in a scheme to direct illegal congressional campaign donations to former House Speaker Chris Donovan.

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August 27, 2013

Former Fundraiser Gets 38 Months In Prison For Role In Corruption Scheme

by Hugh McQuaid | August 27, 2013 6:51pm

Hugh McQuaid photo A federal court judge Tuesday sentenced the former campaign finance director to Chris Donovan’s unsuccessful congressional campaign to more than three years in prison for his role in a conspiracy to hide the source of campaign donations.

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August 19, 2013

Federal Prosecutors: Conspiracy Was ‘An Affront To Our Most Fundamental Democratic Principles’

by Christine Stuart | August 19, 2013 5:29am

Hugh McQuaid file photo Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Chris Donovan’s former campaign finance director to between three and four years in prison for his role in concealing the identity of campaign contributors, according to recently filed court documents.

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August 9, 2013

Braddock’s Lawyer Asks For No Jail Time

by Hugh McQuaid | August 9, 2013 2:32pm

Hugh McQuaid File Photo A lawyer for Robert Braddock, Jr. asked a federal court judge this week not to impose a prison sentence on his recently-convicted client, citing recorded evidence not presented to the jury during his May trial.

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