The Trial of Buddy Cianci
Buddy Cianci faces justice. His lawyers say he’s the Renaissance Mayor, too busy rebuilding Providence to notice a few bad apples in his administration. The prosecution says he’s just another crooked politician, running a massive corruption ring out of City Hall. Which story will the jury believe?
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Taking the Mayor to Court
In the wake of an FBI corruption sting, Mayor Buddy Cianci was indicted by federal prosecutors in April 2001. He was adamant about his innocence, telling reporters he would "defend these charges until the day I die." Courtesy of the Providence Public Library/The Providence Journal.
caught in the crossfire
Buddy stands his ground
Guilty Of being the mayor
Buddy received a guilty verdict on a racketeering conspiracy charge, but was acquitted on all other counts. He was determined to stay in office until he was forced out for his sentencing later that year. Courtesy of the Providence Public Library/The Providence Journal.
Crimetown is Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier. It is produced by Kaitlin Roberts, Austin Mitchell, Drew Nelles, and Mike Plunkett. The associate producer is Laura Sim. The show is edited by Alex Blumberg and Caitlin Kenney. Fact-checking by Mick Rouse. This episode of Crimetown was mixed, sound designed, and scored by Matthew Boll. Additional mixing by Enoch Kim and Martin Peralta. The title track is “Run To Your Mama” by Goat. Original music by John Kusiak, Kenny Kusiak, Jon Ivans, Edwin and Bienart. Ad music is by Matthew Boll.
The show's digital editor is Rob Szypko. The design director is Ale Lariu. Archival research by Brennan Rees. Archival footage courtesy of WPRI channel 12. This season of Crimetown is dedicated to the memory of Zachary Malinowski. For more on the Plunder Dome trial, check out Mike Stanton’s book The Prince of Providence. Thanks to The Providence Journal, Julia Heymans, Emily Wiedemann, Tim White, Lisa Newby, Kate Wells, Mary Murphy, Dan Barry, Robert Arellano and everybody who shared their stories with us. Providence is a special place, and we're honored to tell a part of its story.