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Wilson-Foley Sentencing Postponed; Court Gives Permission To Travel to France

by Hugh McQuaid | Jun 23, 2014 11:00am
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Lisa Wilson-Foley, during her 2010 campaign for lieutenant governor

A judge postponed a sentencing hearing Monday for Lisa Wilson-Foley, the former congressional candidate who pleaded guilty to corruption charges. The deferral will allow Wilson-Foley to travel with her child to a camp in France.

Wilson-Foley, a 2012 Republican candidate for the 5th Congressional District, and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty in March to charges they illegally paid former Gov. John G. Rowland $35,000 in campaign consulting fees.

Both Foleys were scheduled to be sentenced at a federal court in Bridgeport on Monday afternoon, but that sentencing was postponed in April. Meanwhile, a judge granted a request filed by Wilson-Foley last month to leave the country Wednesday.

“On May 26, 2014, Ms. Wilson-Foley requested permission from her probation officer to travel outside of the United States in order to accompany her child to camp in France from June 25, 2014 until July 2, 2014,” a motion from her lawyer reads.

The Foleys are not expected to be sentenced to prison time as they have been cooperating with prosecutors and have implicated Rowland, who is himself now facing seven campaign finance corruption charges.

The Foleys sentencing was postponed in April three days after Rowland pleaded not guilty and decided to take his case to trial. It’s likely Wilson-Foley could be asked to testify.

Rowland, who previously served 10 months in federal prison on a conspiracy charge after resigning the governor’s office in 2004, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. A jury trial is expected to start in September.

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posted by: GuilfordResident | June 23, 2014  11:51am

good for her!

posted by: GBear423 | June 23, 2014  12:05pm

GBear423

/facepalm

what??  Doesn’t everyone send their kid to camp in France for one week?

posted by: Tessa Marquis | June 23, 2014  5:17pm

Hilarious.
Incidentally, why isn’t her husband Tom Foley going on the trip as well? #wrongFoley2014

posted by: state_employee | June 23, 2014  5:28pm

“The Foleys are not expected to be sentenced to prison time as they have been cooperating with prosecutors and have implicated Rowland, who is himself now facing seven campaign finance corruption charges.”  WHAT?  No prison time?  Aren’t they the ones who broke the campaign finance laws?  Wow, all they had to do is throw Rolland under the bus.  So anyone can break campaign finance laws as long as they implicate someone else.  Sad.

posted by: ottokatz | June 23, 2014  7:12pm

I guess it pays to be rich, pretty and white. Imagine if she were black, or Puerto Rican? Poor, and not so pretty? Think she’d be allowed to jet to France for a week? This is a disgrace.

posted by: shinningstars122 | June 23, 2014  8:16pm

shinningstars122

We could never left a criminal sentencing hearing disrupt Mrs. Wilson-Foley’s busy summer schedule of social events, especially the one to France.

This is great news for Rowland, as he can now plan that biking trip to the Swiss Alps before his next hearing.

posted by: GuilfordResident | June 24, 2014  8:06am

I don’t know her personally. If she is the Wilson-Foley I think she is, she/they own a bunch of health care centers in the state. I am sure they worked hard for their success and assume financial risk. Their centers employ a lot of people in the state. I say take a vacation and send your kids to France if you can afford to do it. I can’t but I aspire to do this. The rest of you just suck it up if you don’t want to work as hard or assume risk.

posted by: cnj-david | June 24, 2014  10:01am

Responding to “GuilfordResident” - I don’t believe the point the earlier poster was making is with regard to Ms. Foley taking a vacation or having the money to send her child to camp in France.  I think what distresses them, (and me), is the fact that sentencing for a criminal office has been deferred so that Ms. Foley can take her child to camp in France.  We’re not talking about trial, she’s been convicted, this is sentencing.  It would appear that her criminal behavior isn’t going to have any real consequences.  That’s offensive to some people - including me.

posted by: GBear423 | June 24, 2014  10:17am

GBear423

Guilfordresident-  umm, the rest of us are not looking to represent citizens of all classes/walks of life.  the rest of us would not engage in breaking laws while in that pursuit.  the rest of us would take our medicine and be an example to their child(ren).

This woman has no shame, and that observation is something that is lost on some people.

“I just got caught breaking the law, lets take a vacation kids!!”

Really?  That deserves a Gibbs Smack.

posted by: Christine Stuart | June 24, 2014  10:25am

Christine Stuart

I need to clarify here that the original headline was inaccurate and that the sentencing was not postponed because of the trip to France. The sentencing was postponed in April probably so she could testify in the Rowland trial. The request to go to France was made this month as she awaits sentencing. Again, sorry for the confusion. It was not intentional. With these federal dockets you’re asked to read between the lines.

Christine

posted by: justsayin | June 24, 2014  10:27am

Who cares! There are plenty more real issue to be upset about.