Thursday, August 8, 2013

Interim Suspension For Witness Bribery Conviction

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has suspended an attorney who was recently convicted of bribing a witness in a criminal case.

The Cranston Patch reported on the conviction:

Cranston's Gerard Donley, a well-known criminal defense lawyer based out of Providence, today was found guilty of obstruction of justice, bribery and conspiracy to bribe a witness after a seven-day trial in Superior Court.

In a release, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin said the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Donley conspired with to indicted co-defendants to bribe a witness "to prevent him from testifying against [his] client in a criminal manner."

The charges involved a $6,000 payment to the girlfriend of the complaining witness in a matter that the attorney was defending.

The Providence Journal reported on the attorney's defense to the charges.

The agreed suspension will be in effect until the appeal of the conviction is resolved. (Mike Frisch)

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