See the video: Lawyer arrested for allegedly spitting on father of former colleague
Updated: A personal injury lawyer in Providence, Rhode Island, was arrested on Monday for allegedly shoving and spitting on the father of a onetime colleague.
Police say Dennis encountered the father, 67-year-old Augusto Campopiano Jr., on Nov. 15 in the hallway of an office building where Dennis and Campopiano’s son have legal practices. The elder Campopiano was there to visit his son.
According to police, Dennis pulled the elder Campopiano in for a handshake, called his son an expletive word, said the son was a thief, then shoved and spit on Campopiano. Police charged Dennis after reviewing surveillance video in the building.
A lawyer for Dennis, Jeffrey Pine, told the Providence Journal that Campopiano’s son, Michael Campopiano, owes money to Dennis. Dennis denies the assault, however.
Michael Campopiano told the Providence Journal that, years ago, Dennis had asked for his help handling a backlog of personal injury cases. Michael Campopiano said that, in turn, he sent Dennis his workers’ compensation cases. But the business relationship ended, Michael Campopiano said, when he moved to a larger office.
WPRI.com obtained a partial video of the incident.
Dennis referred the ABA Journal to Ken Bell, an Austin, Texas-based investigator who conducted a forensic analysis of the video related to the altercation. Bell said his investigation revealed that the video files related to the incident were saved under different file types and had different digital signatures, so he was unable to confirm their authenticity.
He added that in his experience, they would be unreliable as evidence in any legal proceeding.
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Updated Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. to include additional information from Dennis about the video’s authenticity.