RI Supreme Court disbars Cranston lawyer following bribery conviction in stabbing case


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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — The Rhode Island Supreme Court has disbarred criminal defense lawyer Gerard H. Donley who was convicted last year of bribing a witness to not testify against his alleged attacker in a stabbing case.

A Superior Court jury found Donley guilty of obstruction of justice, bribery and other charges in June 2013.

The 56-year-old Donley of Cranston was sentenced to seven years in prison, with six to serve.

He is in medium security at the Adult Correctional Institutions, and the Supreme Court suspended Doneley's law license pending his appeal.

Donley told the court in July he would not appeal his conviction. He acknowledged his guilt and consented to disbarment.

He expressed regret at violating the law and accepted responsibility. The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1wFD0oo ) that the Supreme Court took his admission of guilt under review.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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