Former RI police chief seeking to have conviction overturned

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Posted: May 07, 2015 8:59 AM

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A lawyer for a former Rhode Island police chief is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn his 2012 larceny conviction in the theft of $714 from a stripper.

The Providence Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1IjR0fz) that attorney John Reilly argued the North Providence police chief John Whiting should have been charged with a misdemeanor, not a felony because of the amount of money involved.

Whiting was convicted of stopping the dancer's car and stealing from her during a tropical storm in August 2011 after someone in the car flashed an obscene gesture. He also was convicted of solicitation to receive stolen goods for trying to persuade a Pawtucket police officer to take the stolen cash and keep it.

Whiting, who is free pending his appeal, attended Wednesday's hearing.

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