August 6, 2008

Always Be Prepared

Justin Katz

Touching story in yesterday's Providence Journal: Apparently, the friends of John Cicilline, brother of the Providence mayor, had a little going-to-jail party for him, in order to keep his family from suffering financially from his conviction as a justice-system-manipulating shake-down lawyer. This line added some comic relief:

"It was a nice event to help a guy going through a tough time," said [Lawyer Peter] Rizzo. "Nobody can plan for a federal indictment."

Why not? Families plan for and insure against all sorts of contingencies. Developing some sort of backup would seem to be particularly advisable for somebody knowingly engaged in illegal activities.

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The way John Cicilline was apparently conducting business he should've planned on it.Nice to see little Chichi embarrassed by all this.Even his favorite a##licker Bakst couldn't bear the stench of this episode.

Posted by: joe bernstein at August 6, 2008 6:39 AM

"Nobody can plan for a federal indictment."

The phrase "Don't do the crime if you can't do the time," springs to mind.

Posted by: Greg at August 6, 2008 7:40 AM

Is the rumor true that Tony Soprano was in attendance?

Posted by: Ragin' Rhode Islander at August 6, 2008 9:16 AM

I was thinking the same thing Greg was here. If you commit Federal crimes, shouldn't you plan for a Federal indictment?

But apparently not, if you think you've got the right connections in Rhode Island politicians.

Posted by: Andrew at August 6, 2008 10:25 AM

Senator Stephen Alves has had plenty of time to plan for a possible federal indictment. It was all spelled out for him here:

Posted by: Citizen Critic at August 6, 2008 1:54 PM
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