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Investigative Reporter Prepares for Home Confinement

Saturday, December 11, 2004

It all started on Feb, 6. Providence defense attorney Joseph Bevilacqua Jr. said, under oath, that he was not the person that leaked a piece of videotaped evidence to a reporter. The tape showed an aide to the Mayor of Providence, Vincent “Buddy” Cianci, being bribed. The court then turned to an investigation of the Reporter who received the tape.

the government proceeded to spend $100,000 investigating Taricani

That reporter was Jim “Snaps” Taricani, an investigative reporter for Channel 10, WJAR in Providence. Taricani refused an order from US District Judge Ernest “The Pick” Torres. Eventually Joe “The Devil” Bevilacqua admitted to leaking the tape, but not before Snaps was convicted of contempt of court. Additionally, the government proceeded to spend $100,000 investigating Taricani, and are considering going to him for damages.

Taricani refuses to lay down on the job.

He was able to skip out of a jail due to a heart condition, but Snaps Taricani has now been sentenced to 6 months of home confinement. However, in the spirit of the great investigative reporters, Taricani refuses to lay down on the job. He is already planning an investigative report on making premium coffee in your own kitchen, how quickly mold grows on shower curtains, when to have your furnace serviced, and the effectiveness of offender electronic monitoring systems.


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