GoLocalProv Sues Raimondo and State Police for Release of 38 Studios State Police Interviews

Monday, October 17, 2016


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Governor Gina Raimondo

GoLocalProv.com's attorney Tom Dickinson has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and State Police Colonel Kevin Barry for the release of the State Police interviews and notes relating to the 38 Studios investigation. 

Barry is being sued in his role as acting Superintendent of the State Police and as acting Director of Public Safety.


In the complaint filed in Superior Court, GoLocal asserted, “There is high public interest to access the items included within the GoLocalProv APRA request.  As the Attorney General stated, 38 Studios involved 'bad politics, bad public policy, and bad business decisions."

"Access to the records sought in the GoLocalProv APRA request is vital in order to examine and expose to public view the causes of these admittedly bad decisions.  On October 14, 2016, Governor Raimondo issued a statement indicating a desire for the release of documents and materials from the 38 Studios investigation," stated GoLocal.

GoLocal has explicitly asserted that it is not seeking grand jury records.

“It is somewhat mind-boggling that the taxpayers lose tens of millions of dollars, that the four-year investigation finds no criminal charges, and then the Raimondo Administration blocks the release of the most basic records — the interviews,” said Josh Fenton, CEO of GoLocalProv.

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AG Peter Kilmartin (L) and Raimondo (R)

"Civil trial and criminal trial are independent of each other"

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has repeatedly stated that the criminal and civil cases are unrelated.  At the press conference announcing the conclusion of the criminal investigation, Kilmartin stated that there is no relationship between the civil and the criminal investigations.

“I was totally clear in my statement. The civil trial and the criminal trial are wholly independent of each other. One has no nexus to another and one does not impact the other,” said Kilmartin during the press conference announcing the conclusion of the criminal investigation.

Dickinson, the former Assistant Attorney General under Jeffrey Pine, had initially requested the release of the State Police interview records under RI’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA) on GoLocal’s behalf.

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Tom Dickinson, former Assistant Attorney General

After the State Police denied the request, GoLocal appealed the State Police decision to the Director of Public Safety per the procedural requirements — the head of the State Police and the Director of Public Safety for the state are one in the same - and appointed by Raimondo.

“It is difficult for the public not to by cynical, when the FBI can release their records interviewing the Democratic Presidential nominee, but Rhode Islanders can't see the records of the State Police,” said Fenton.

“We need to shine the light of day on how it all happened. GoLocalProv has no alternative but to take this to the Superior Court so that Rhode Islanders can learn what this investigation revealed about the failures of their government,” said Dickinson.


Related Slideshow: GoLocalProv’s Lawsuit Against Governor Raimondo - October 17, 2016


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