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114 ABA Journal Rhode Island articles.

Attorney who ‘blindly followed instructions’ censured for helping Internet scammer

Updated: A Rhode Island lawyer who marketed himself as an “attorney pay master” has been censured for helping a client transfer funds to offshore accounts before discovering the client was…

Attorney faces disciplinary case over driver’s license application

After her driving privileges were suspended in Rhode Island, due to a drunken-driving arrest, Layne Savage obtained a license in Massachusetts.

Now the Rhode Island attorney is facing a legal…

Veteran defense lawyer convicted in conspiracy to bribe witness not to testify against client

A veteran Rhode Island defense lawyer has been convicted in a claimed conspiracy to bribe a witness not to testify in a criminal case.

After 13 hours of deliberation, a…

Federal judge jails estate lawyer as flight risk, nixes ‘bizarre’ effort to revoke plea

A Rhode Island estate planning lawyer’s effort to revoke his guilty plea in a controversial $30 million elder insurance fraud case was a “bizarre” and unjustified “hatchet job” on Joseph…

Estate lawyer asks to revoke plea, now wants trial in $30M elder insurance fraud case

A Rhode Island estate planning lawyer is seeking to revoke the plea agreement he made last year near the outset of what was expected to be a lengthy trial in…

Lawyer Accused of Misusing IDs of Terminally Ill in $30M Investment Scheme Takes Plea

As testimony was about to resume Monday in a federal trial that had been expected to continue for months, a Rhode Island estate planning lawyer and a former employee accused…

Trial Begins for Estate Planning Lawyer Who Bought Annuities for the Dying; Was His Idea Legal?

Updated: Trial has begun–and, much sooner than expected, ended–for a Rhode Island estate planning attorney who was federally indicted (PDF) last year after being accused of making…

Fined $15 Over Cockatoo’s Saucy Squawks, Bird’s Owner Is Appealing on Constitutional Grounds

It isn’t so much the $15 fine as the constitutional principle at issue, according to a Rhode Island woman who owns a cockatoo who reportedly squawks a blue streak.

Lynne…

School Concludes Bias Law Bars Father-Daughter Dances

A school district in Cranston, R.I., has decided to ban father-daughter and mother-son activities because of fears they are illegal under gender discrimination law.

The superintendent of the school district…

As More States Enact Social Host Laws, Parents Face Jail Time for Kids’ Drinking Parties

Parents are increasingly targeted for their children’s at-home drinking parties under social host laws now on the books in 28 states.

Parents can face criminal or civil penalties under the…

Rhode Island Governor Loses Battle to Keep Inmate from Potential US Death Penalty Prosecution

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he is evaluating his options after a federal appeals court ruled he must hand over a murder defendant for federal prosecution.

Chafee had refused…

Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud in $1.1M Mortgage Scheme

A disbarred lawyer has pleaded guilty in federal court in Rhode Island to multiple counts of bank fraud and filing false tax returns.

Prosecutors says James Levitt, 66, submitted fraudulent…

Lawyer Sues RI Chief Justice, Says He Launched Law Practice Probe in Retaliation for Court Critique

A longtime Rhode Island practitioner who is known as a politically active critic of the state’s top court has filed a federal lawsuit against its chief justice and other defendants.

Oops. Attorney’s ‘Staff Error’ Excuse Gets Him in More Trouble, Since He Didn’t Have Any Staff

A Rhode Island attorney has been ordered to perform 20 hours of pro bono legal work in family court guardianship matters to resolve a legal ethics case.

It began with…

Appeals Court Blocks Surrender of RI Defendant to Federal Authorities

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Rhode Island officials don’t have to surrender custody of an accused murderer to federal authorities in a dispute over the death penalty.

The…

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