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Doherty says he doesn’t remember meeting Ciccone during the Bevilacqua case

April 5, 2012

Republican First Congressional District candidate Brendan Doherty doesn’t recall meeting Frank Ciccone when both men were involved in the 1986 impeachment case against state Supreme Court chief  Justice Joseph A. Bevilacqua.

Ciccone, head of a court records center at the time, testified under immunity against Bevilacqua during the judge’s legislative impeachment hearing. Doherty, as a 27-year-old detective, was assigned to the state police intelligence unit, as the Providence Journal’s G. Wayne Miller reported in a 2009 profile.

His first assignment was to assist the Rhode Island House special counsel who was investigating state Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph A. Bevilacqua, who eventually resigned after a state police investigation (and Providence Journal surveillance) of his ties to organized crime figures.

Ciccone was one of three court employees who testified about doing errands for Bevilacqua, some of it on state time. 

Doherty said during a taping today of RIPR’s Political Roundtable that he didn’t recall knowing Ciccone in the 1980s.

No, I don’t believe I even knew Frank Ciccone back, did you say 20 years ago? I met Senator Frank Ciccone about 10 years ago when I was working in the state police. I was the executive major and he represented some of the unions that the state police dealt with, and that’s how I met him.

Doherty also said he was unaware of his Ciccone’s two arrests in the early 1980s before he announced plans yesterday to return $1000 in political contributions to the state senator.

Asked about whether Doherty and Ciccone crossed paths during the Bevilacqua case, Doherty spokesman Rob Coupe said this during a subsequent telephone interview:

If he did cross paths at any point with Frank Ciccone, who later becomes Senator Frank Ciccone, it wasn’t anything that was substantial enough that ….  he actually doesn’t remember crossing paths with him.

So I suppose it’s possible, but it wasn’t any sort of serious interaction or substantial interaction. He says he doesn’t even remember running into him at that time.

It was a long time ago, and Brendan Doherty’s been involved in many, many investigations over the years. I know he remembers a lot of names and a lot of details, but I’m sure he’s completed or taken part in hundreds of investigations. Honestly, I can tell you he said to me, he just didn’t remember that. 

One Comment leave one →
  1. Donny permalink
    April 5, 2012 9:49 pm

    This seems very very strange to me – how is this possible? How are we to believe that Brendan does not remember him? The star witness? There’s much more here – trust me.

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