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Ex-RI Speaker Fox Loses Law License

Gordon Fox pleaded guilty in March to charges of bribery, wire fraud, filing false tax return



    Ex-RI Speaker Fox Loses Law License
    In this April 30, 2014 photo, former Rhode Island House Speaker Gordon Fox speaks to reporters on the floor of the House Chamber at the Statehouse in Providence, R.I., before taking a seat for the first time since the authorities raided his home and Statehouse office in March. Secretary of state candidate Nellie Gorbea asked current Secretary of State Ralph Mollis on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, to investigate lobbying disclosure violations by Ray Rickman after an Associated Press story in June revealed Rickman had loaned money to Fox. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

    Disgraced former House Speaker Gordon Fox has lost his law license.

    The state Supreme Court on Thursday issued an order disbarring Fox. The order says Fox voluntarily consents, and is fully aware of the implications.

    Fox pleaded guilty March 3 to charges of bribery, wire fraud and filing a false tax return, following an investigation that included a dramatic federal raid on his Statehouse office.

    Sentencing is scheduled for June 11.

    Fox, once considered among the most powerful politicians in the state, acknowledges receiving $52,500 in 2008 to help grant a liquor license to a Providence bar when he served on the city's board of licenses.

    He also acknowledges taking $108,000 from his campaign account and using it for personal expenses.

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