Tuesday, December 24, 2013
The Rhode Island Supreme Court has reinstated a previously suspended attorney.
GoLocal Prov.com had a July 2011 report of several Rhode Island disciplinary matters, including this description of the attorney's issues:
A drinking binge and a confrontation with a club ultimately sealed the fate of Attorney Michael A. Mosco. According to a court account:
“In the early morning hours of March 14, 2009, in the City of East Providence, the respondent, Michael A. Mosco, a member of the bar of this state, entered the dwelling of a friend and business associate without his consent. In what appears to have been an alcohol fueled rage he confronted his friend and a female companion, who was a former intimate partner of the respondent. Wielding a club, he assaulted the female victim, causing injury to her hand.”
A slew of legal troubles ensued: One year later, Mosco pleaded no contest to trespassing and felony assault and was sentenced to five years in prison, which was suspended, with five years of probation. On top of that, before entering his plea, Mosco was arrested in Newport on a disorderly conduct charge in September 2010.
A few months later, the state Supreme Court stepped in. Even though the charges had nothing to do with his professional work, the court said it had to suspend his license to maintain the integrity of the profession: “The respondent has been convicted of a serious crime involving violence, tarnishing the integrity of the profession,” the court wrote. “It is of no moment that his crimes are unrelated to his practice of law, as we expect all members of the bar to comport themselves in accordance with the criminal laws of this state.”
The suspension was imposed in April 2011. (Mike Frisch)