Ethics commission tables a request by Taveras

PROVIDENCE, RI – The State Ethics Commission yesterday tabled a request by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for an advisory opinion related to his past work as a private lawyer.

The issue involves Taveras' legal representation, before he was mayor, of a man shot near the Sportsman's Inn strip club in 2006.

Prospective buyers of the club are seeking a loan through an economic development arm of the city chaired by Taveras.

Mayoral spokesman David Ortiz says Taveras' work as a private lawyer on the earlier case explains why Taveras is seeking an advisory opinion from the Ethics Commission.

"The mayor would stand to receive legal fees if the property is sold," he says.

State law prohibits public officials from profiting from their public duties.

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