Ex-CT gov. not seeking presidential pardon

January 10, 2009 1:57:44 PM PST
Former Gov. John Rowland says he will not seek a last-minute pardon from President George W. Bush for his 2004 corruption conviction. In an e-mail response to a question from The Hartford Courant, Rowland said Friday he is "not seeking a pardon, nor have plans to."

Bush and several other presidents have issued pardons in the waning days of their presidencies to people in business, politics and other walks of life.

Rowland, a fellow Republican who was friendly with the Bush family, served more than nine years as Connecticut's governor. He resigned in 2004 and later served 10 months in federal prison for his corruption conviction.

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