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May 14, 2008
Lobbyist to take the stand today in CVS trial
A lobbyist who worked for a former Warwick mayor is expected to take the stand today in the trial of two former CVS executives accused of bribing a former state senator.
In court yesterday, Vice President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Paul DeRoche testified about his dealings with the former senator, John Celona, and with the two CVS executives, Carlos Ortiz and John “Jack” Kramer.
And State House lobbyist Joseph W. Walsh, who represented CVS from 1998 to 2004, testified about his work lobbying, legislation and his dealings with Celona.
Walsh testified that Celona had repeatedly sought a meeting with Tom Ryan, chief executive officer of CVS. Walsh testified that he eventually arranged a meeting between Celona, Kramer and Ortiz.
Clark Curtis, a lobbyist who worked for Walsh, is expected to take the witness stand today at 9:00 a.m. in U.S. District Court.
Read the Journal’s coverage of this trial and others involving local politicians and business executives in Operation Dollar Bill.
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