Frank Williams, retired Supreme Court chief justice, went on the radio and television yesterday and spoke with the Associated Press in a bid to squelch talk of an inappropriate relationship with his former driver and her daughter. The notable exception in his media tour: the Providence Journal.
The paper reported that Williams wanted veto power over the reporter who would sit down with him. A ProJo source indicates that the judge did not want to talk to Bill Malinowski, a long-time investigative reporter who has taken the lead on the story for the paper. His most significant break: a front-page piece revealing that Williams had hired his driver's mother as a courthouse cleaning woman.
I've got a call into Williams' spokesman, Mike Doyle. And I'll be sure to post his version of events if he calls back.
Williams' carefully planned excursion seemed to pay dividends, for the most part: he got to tell his side of the story for some three hours in a chat with old friend Buddy Cianci on radio station WPRO. And, more broadly, he was able to get out his side of the story - that his relationship with his former driver, Pamela DosReis, and her daughter was appropriate - largely unchallenged.
But this tale won't go away. Frank J. DosReis, whose divorce proceedings with estranged wife Pamela brought the matter to light, was on John DePetro's show on WPRO this morning disputing Williams' version of events.