Warren names new probate judge

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A Providence attorney with ties to Warren is Warren's new probate judge, replacing retiring Judge Morphis Jamiel.

Steven Minicucci, who practices in Providence and specializes in probate and estate law, was one of five attorneys interviewed for the post at Tuesday's Warren Town Council meeting. He is married to Judge Jamiel's niece.

"Nobody can really replace Judge Jamiel, but I would hope to succeed him," he told the council.

Judge Minicucci is not in it for the money. The position pays $3,000 per year, and he told the council he is fine with whatever the town pays. When asked if being related in marriage to Mr. Jamiel's family will be an issue, he said no.

On the contrary, "I would see that as an asset in the sense that I've come to know the work that Judge Jamiel has done for this court," he said. "Seeing what he did and the commitment that he has to this town … is something I would hope to continue."

Judge Jamiel will formally swear him in this Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Four other attorneys applied for the post, including Anthony Mignanelli of Providence, Paula Cuculo of North Providence, Diane Messere Magee of Warren and Marvin Homonoff of Providence.

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