Providence, R.I., anti-corruption Mayor David Cicilline (above) and his reputedly not-so-anti-corruption older brother John M. Cicilline are featured in a story by Ray Henry run in today's Boston Globe.
The story explains David Cicilline's uphill battle against public perception. His father Jack is a well-known defense lawyer, whose clients have included New England Mafia boss Raymond L.S. Patriarca, reputed boss Luigi Manocchio and a number of other accused mobsters. Brother John, in addition to piling up thousands of dollars in parking tickets, has been indicted in connection with a scheme to win two accused drug traffickers a light sentence.
According to prosecutors, John Cicilline and a now-disbarred attorney asked a couple facing drug charges for $100,000. For that amount, they offered to stage a drug deal that the couple could expose to federal authorities in exchange for a lighter sentence. John Cicilline and his alleged conspirator have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
David Cicilline, 46, became mayor of Providence in 2002. He is said to be the first openly gay mayor of a state capital. He took office after the brief administration of John J. Lombardi, which followed Mayor Vincent Albert "Buddy" Cianci's (left) 2002 conviction for criminal conspiracy. (Cianci's prison sentence expires in late July of this year, but some believe he will be released as soon as next month.)