CT News Junkie: “A jury began deliberating Thursday whether former Bridgeport Sen. Ernie Newton fraudulently obtained an $80,000 campaign finance grant by misreporting qualifying contributions in 2012.
“Newton, a Democrat who previously resigned from his office and served time in federal prison for accepting a bribe, is fighting charges that he broke campaign finance law in a bid for his old seat.
“The state has charged him with first-degree larceny, illegal campaign practices, and witness tampering. Prosecutors claim that Newton was in danger of falling short of qualifying for public financing so he had five campaign workers pretend to make 11th-hour contributions to put his campaign over the qualifying threshold. The money actually came from elsewhere, they said.”