The short answer is yes.
Former State Senator Ernie Newton is now a resident of a halfway house in Waterbury where he’ll serve out his sentence. Once that’s completed in August he’ll be turned over to U.S. Probation where he’ll serve a three-year period of supervised release that will require him to follow a set of conditions such as drug testing and filing monthly financial statements.
When Newton was sentenced in 2006 U.S. District Judge Alan Nevas did not set forth a special condition prohibiting him from seeking public office while under supervised release. Under Connecticut law (federal offenses revert to the states regarding voting privileges) felons are allowed to vote provided they’re not incarcerated and have satisfied all fines and restitution. Do you know who pushed for that law in 1998? Ernie Newton. Do you know who signed that into law? Yup. John Rowland.
Don’t ya just love the irony?
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