Wed April 17, 2002
Jury Selection Begins In Plunderdome
By Deborah Becker
Providence, RI – Jury selection began Wednesday in the corruption trial of Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. The trial of Cianci and three other defendents is expected to take about two months. Also on trial are Cianci's former top aide, Frank Corrente, tow operator Richard Autiello; and businessman Edward Voccola.
Judge Ernest Torres with defense lawyers and prosecutors will choose 12 jurors and 6 alternates.
Some legal analysts suggest jury selection will among the most important parts of the entire trial.
WRNI’s Deborah Becker discussed jury selection with Roger Williams University Law School Professor David Zlotnick.