A Branford attorney who was accused of preparing a bogus contract to conceal former Gov. John Rowland’s involvement in a congressional campaign has received a reprimand. A three-member reviewing panel of the Statewide Grievance Committee imposed the sanction on Christian Shelton, who may continue to practice law.

In grievance documents, Shelton acknowledged there was sufficient evidence to prove he violated the Rules of Professional Conduct, specifically Rule 8.4 (4), which forbids engaging in conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice. In an affidavit, Shelton asserted he did not intend to violate the rules by creating the contract.