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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The brother of Congressman David Cicilline has gotten his law license back, 5 ½ years after losing it for orchestrating a courthouse corruption scheme.

The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the license of 56-year-old John M. Cicilline. The court wrote that Cicilline's "conviction arose from a misguided attempt to assist a client" and that they believe he has been rehabilitated.

Cicilline pleaded guilty in 2008 to federal charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He acknowledged he told clients he could set up drug deals in order to win leniency for them.

The court directed that Cicilline's practice be monitored for two years. He will practice with his father, a noted criminal defense lawyer.

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