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RI hospital exec takes case to US Supreme Court

October 19, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—A former hospital executive found guilty of corruption in Rhode Island is appealing his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former Roger Williams Medical Center Chief Executive Robert Urciuoli (uhr-see-OLE'-ee) has asked the nation's highest court to review the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision in July upholding his three-year sentence for fraud and conspiracy for buying the influence of former Rhode Island state Sen. John Celona.

He argues the judge who oversaw his trial in U.S. District Court should have instructed the jury about a state law that allows Rhode Island's part-time legislators to participate in legislation affecting their employers under some circumstances.

Urciuoli started serving his sentence on Aug. 31.

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