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A Rhode Island escort told police that a man who called her for an appointment attacked her at knife point when she arrived at his apartment last week, according to The Providence Journal. Not the kind of item we usually cover here. But this escort happened to be a moonlighting Massachusetts lawyer, Nina C. Baccala, 36. And no sooner did Baccala learn that the newspaper was reporting the story than she threatened to recant her allegation against the man. Baccala told The Journal that she vehemently objected to having her name published because the publicity "will ruin my entire life."

The man allegedly found Baccala through an advertisement for escorts in the adult section of a Providence weekly newspaper. When she came to his apartment around 2:30 a.m., he threatened her with a knife and threw her on the couch. She fought him off with pepper spray and fled.

Baccala graduated cum laude from New England School of Law in Boston last year and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in December. She is awaiting the results of the Rhode Island bar exam, which she took in February. Baccala is listed as the president of BCN Enterprises LLC, a business that she incorporated in 2003 as a “dating service,” The Journal reports. The business is recorded at the R.I. secretary of state’s office as providing “assorted gifts, merchandise, personal services,” and she listed it as “telephone sales” on her 2008 application to the Rhode Island bar.

A Google search found Baccala's resume, which shows she graduated 11th in her class last year from New England School of Law and was an editor of the law review. She also has a master's degree in business administration from Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I., and a bachelor's degree in performing arts from Emerson College in Boston. While in law school, she worked internships as a public defender and judicial law clerk.

At the same Web site where her resume is posted are two articles she wrote, presumably for the law review. One, published last year, bears the intriguing title, "The Right to Reproductive Choice Without the Myth of Fundamentality: A Guide to Aborting Roe v. Wade and All of Its Bastard Progeny."

Her resume also lists her as owner and manager since June 2002 of BCN Enterprises in North Providence, R.I. It describes the business as an "entrepreneurial venture servicing Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts." In running the business, her resume says, she "utilized various business skills including managing, hiring, training employees, financing, sales and payroll." Note she said "servicing," not "serving."

Baccala was not the only one to urge the newspaper to drop the story. An assistant R.I. AG also called the paper and asked it not to identify her. "I'm going to have difficulty with my case, or no case at all," the AAG said.

As for Baccala, let us hope for her sake that she was paying taxes on her income as an escort, lest she end up like "law school escort" Cristina Warthen owing hundreds of thousands to the IRS.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on May 8, 2009 at 02:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (8)

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