Rhode Island 'Strip Club' Extortion Case Enters Round Two

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Boston.com is reporting that "a defense attorney for an alleged mob associate accused in an extortion case involving Providence-area strip clubs is asking the judge for a meeting with all the defendants, [including] some who prosecutors say are mobsters."

Lawyer John Cicilline said in a letter filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Providence that he hopes the meeting "can produce a final answer as to whether or not the case will be a trial." Translation: Should defendants accept a plea agreement or roll the dice in the courtroom...

Several reputed mafia figures and their associates have been charged. A trial is set for April.

A spokesman for Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha declined to comment. A message was left for Cicilline, who writes he is requesting the meeting on behalf of all counsel, Boston.com reports.

Cicilline represents Theodore Cardillo, who has pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy and extortion conspiracy.



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