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Defense Lawyer Convicted of Bribing Witness in RI

Defense Lawyer Convicted of Bribing Witness in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A criminal defense lawyer has been convicted of bribery for paying a stabbing victim not to testify against his client, the man who allegedly stabbed him.
 
The Providence Journal reports that a jury on Thursday found Gerard Donley guilty on state charges of obstruction of justice, bribery and conspiracy.
 
The girlfriend of stabbing victim Michael Drepaul testified during trial that she received $6,000 from Donley, which she said she believed was in exchange for Drepaul's cooperation not to testify against Donley's client, Jamaal Dublin.
 
Donley testified he was trying to prevent more violence when he paid the money, and said it meant to compensate Drepaul for his injuries.
 
Superior Court Judge Robert Krause ordered Donley placed on home confinement.

 

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