April 5, 2012

Expungement and Ciccone's Arrest Record: Because If It's Expunged, It Didn't Happen

Monique Chartier

Yes, as Andrew notes, Ian Donnis points out at On Politics that Senator Ciccone has an arrest record.

State Senator Frank A. Ciccone, under fire for threatening comments allegedly made to Barrington police during a road stop last week, was arrested twice in the early 1980s and testified under immunity against the late former state Supreme Court chief justice Joseph A. Bevilacqua during his 1986 impeachment trial.

In his article, Ian is careful to credit the source of this information: not the state judiciary's defendant database but the Providence Journal.

ProJo stories describing Ciccone’s past are behind the newspaper’s pay wall, which could help explain why the information hasn’t surfaced until now.

More specifically, these reports are in the ProJo's archives. I can provide no link to them, however, because, as Ian pointed out in an e-mail this morning, their archives were placed behind a pay wall long before the paper was.

What was illuminating was Senator Ciccone's reaction when Ian brought up this ... history.

Asked about the arrests, Ciccone — in an apparent reference to how the charges were expunged — said, “Show me the arrest records … Show me the arrest records.” Senate aides stepped in to end the interview as yesterday’s session was being called to order.

The Senate session was starting. Yeah, that's the ticket. Aids had to step in because the Senate session was starting, not because Senator Ciccone had given a patently Tommy Flanagan answer.

Gee, Senator, we can't show you the arrest records. They were expunged, remember? But much as you and/or the victims might wish it otherwise, that doesn't mean that the crimes weren't committed.

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In the words of many, it just keeps getting better and better.

Posted by: Max D at April 5, 2012 11:38 PM

Who ran the state court records center in the 1980s? Might be a question for Sen. Ciccone.

Posted by: brassband at April 6, 2012 7:55 AM

I know a guy who has raised a family, put a couple of kids through college, opened a business, had a few books published, was recently promoted to Captain-all of which done following a dubious teenaged period, and brief couple of years of insanity where a police record was firmly established before he finally, nearly too late grew up.

If there was no chance of redemption, and subsequently expungement, that person in all likelihood would be dead or behind bars.

Posted by: michael at April 7, 2012 11:31 AM

I know a guy...

...who raised a family, got promoted to lieutenant, retired and moved on to work for another state law enforcement agency. During his youth, he held up a Stop & Shop and B&E'ed a school both times getting caught. He was the biggest A'hole that worked in the department. He was screwing someone else while his wife was dying of cancer. After years of abuse, one kid changed his name and the other intentionally screwed him out of revenge for about 40k and now he's out of work IOD waiting for a disability pension from the state.

Expungement can work both ways.

Posted by: Max D at April 7, 2012 2:55 PM


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