PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A prominent developer accused of bribing North Providence councilmen has asked a federal judge to dismiss the charges against him and his company.
Richard Baccari Sr. and Churchill & Banks Co. are each charged with one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy.
Prosecutors say Baccari and his Providence-based firm paid a $50,000 bribe in 2009 to the councilmen. Authorities say the councilmen agreed to a zoning change so he could build a supermarket.
The defense team argued in court Friday Baccari was treated unfairly and prosecutors presented false information to the grand jury. They say Baccari was extorted, and asked that statements from a former councilman not be admitted.
Prosecutors said the grand jury was not misled and the high standards to dismiss the case were not met.