Judge refuses to drop charges against ex-senator

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state Superior Court judge has ruled against former state Sen. Ernest Newton II who asked for dismissal of charges of campaign finance irregularities.

The Connecticut Post reports Judge Joan K. Alexander said Thursday that state prosecutors were negligent in seeking more witnesses who may have provided testimony to exonerate Newton, but they were not reckless.

Alexander rejected Newton’s attempt to invalidate testimony.

He says it will not stop him from trying to help people.

Newton could face probation violations in connection with $500 contributed to his 2012 effort to qualify for the state’s public-financing program to run for his former senate seat. The judge said the source of the contribution has not been identified.

Newton pleaded guilty in 2005 to federal extortion and campaign-finance felonies that led to a five-year prison sentence.

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