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Former Gov. John G. Rowland may be facing 57 years in federal prison for his latest tangle with the law, but he will continue to collect his state pension.

Upset with public officials who were receiving a state pension and benefits, even when found guilty of wrongdoing, lawmakers in 2008 adopted legislation to prevent the payments in the future.

But the law applies to people “convicted of crime relating to his or her state or municipal office,” according to a statement from Jaclyn M. Falkowski, head of communications for the state Office of the Attorney General.

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