January 18, 2013
Former Role Model Skulks To Disbarment
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney convicted of offenses relating to the bribery of public officials.
Boston.com reported on the sentencing in the criminal case:
Chief Judge Mary Lisi told Ciresi that his role skulking around a parking lot at night to be a bagman in a bribery scheme “reeks of corruption.’’
“Sadly, Mr. Ciresi, I’m going to sentence you to prison today; that’s a choice you made when you decided to help with the bribes instead of telling them to stop,’’ said Lisi, who recalled Ciresi’s status as a role model when she was a young lawyer.
A jury convicted Ciresi in April of conspiracy, bribery, and extortion. The sentencing guidelines called for him to spend between five years and three months to 6 1/2 years in prison.
A five-year sentence was imposed by Chief Judge Lisi, who formerly served as Rhode Island's disciplinary counsel. (Mike Frisch)
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