Procaccini Lives in EG, But Presides Over RI

August 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

By Priscilla Lynne Young

Friday, 08-07-2009

 East Greenwich resident Daniel A. Procaccini, an associate justice on the Rhode Island Superior Court, has heard some of the most high profile cases in the state during the last few years.

It was Procaccini issuing the restraining order that kept the proposed Narragansett Indian casino off the November 2004 ballot. In 2007, the judge sentenced General Assembly Senator John Cleona to a prison term for corruption.

Most recently, Procaccini heard the case against Barrington teen Ryan Greenberg whose actions caused the death of a friend in a boating incident on the Barrington River in July 2007. The teens had been drinking that day. Greenberg was driving the boat with his friend behind it knee boarding, when Greenberg turned the boat and sped toward his friend, striking him. Procaccini sentenced Greenberg to 10 years, with five to serve. The portion to serve will be divided between minimum security and home confinement. The balance of the term will be suspended with probation. Controversy ensued as the Barrington Police Chief complained about Procaccini’s remarks from the bench. He said that the department exercised “selective enforcement” of laws around teen drinking.

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