PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - A federal appeals court is considering the appeal of a former North Providence town attorney convicted in a corruption scheme involving three former town councilmen.
78-year-old Robert Ciresi was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for facilitating bribes for former councilmen John Zambarano, Raymond Douglas, and Joseph Burchfield.
Now a lawyer for Ciresi is challenging a judge's decision to allow a jury to hear incriminating secret FBI recordings involving Ciresi's alleged co-conspirators.
The lawyer insists the recordings unfairly affected the jury's decision. Ciresi is seeking a new trial or to have his case sent back to court for resentencing.
All three councilmen pleaded guilty to corruption charges and are also serving time in federal prison.
Virginia State Police said a Ford Crown Victoria attempted to drive around a crossing bar and was hit by a train traveling nearly 80 miles per hour.
Advocates for the poor say a state proposal tightening rules for utility shutoffs could lead to fewer Rhode Islanders eligible for help paying electric and gas bills.
One local resident's holiday stockings will be stuffed with cash this year, thanks to Wednesday night's PowerBall drawing.
A former Pawtucket police officer who resigned from the department after domestic assault allegations will wait another few weeks until he faces a judge on new felony rape and assault charges.
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