High court hearing postponed until May in former police chief's appeal of theft conviction

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island — Oral arguments have been postponed in the appeal of a former North Providence police chief convicted of stealing money from a stripper's purse.

Court spokesman Craig Berke tells the Providence Journal (http://bit.ly/1GHKW1n) oral arguments have been postponed until May 6 because John Whiting's attorney was ill on Wednesday.

Whiting is appealing his 2012 conviction. Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Procaccini convicted Whiting of chasing a stripper's car around Pawtucket in his official town vehicle and stealing $714 from her. He was also convicted of solicitation to receive stolen goods for trying to persuade a Pawtucket police officer to take the stolen cash and keep it.

Procaccini sentenced Whiting to six months in prison. He is allowed to delay serving the time until the state Supreme Court rules on his appeal.

Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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