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Sheehan Requests All 38 Studios Court Records

"I believe this information will help answer many questions left unanswered about how the ill-fated deal came about," Sheehan said.

Rhode Island State Sen. James C. Sheehan, chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Oversight, is asking for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation to turn over copies of "all depositions and exhibits" relating to the civil lawsuit against 38 Studios.

In a release, Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown) said he requested copies of the materials on behalf of the committee through an Access to Public Records Act request in a letter to Thomas Carlotto, lawyer for CommerceRI (formerly the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation).

"I believe this information will help answer many questions left unanswered about how the ill-fated deal came about," Sheehan said.

Sheehan said the depositions of witnesses involved in the 38 Studios deal are the result of hours of work by the state's attorney and those records should be made public for the oversight committee to do its job as well as "help policymakers avoid a recurrence of such a failed deal in the future."

“Public hearings involving witnesses to the 38 Studios deal potentially could have interfered with the criminal investigations or potentially injured the state’s ability in ongoing efforts to recover monies from civil litigation against those responsible for the failure of that deal," Sheehan said.  “The public and policymakers are entitled to know what transpired to bring about this failure. I believe there is a way to accomplish this while minimizing any potential harm to the lawsuit, and that is to review witness depositions and exhibits.”

Jeff Crawford February 25, 2014 at 07:11 AM
Kind of late now Sen. Jim. Aren't we paying the bill? It's in the budget. Besides, you do not have to go far to find the evidence to answer your questions. Just walk over to the Speaker's Office, the Senate President's Office and the Governor's Office from the previous administration. Everybody was sucking up to old Curt when he came to town and promised the world for a price. However, nobody thought there would any liability given it was Curt and the language worked into the deal stating that the taxpayers would never have to pay because it was "Moral Obiligation Bonds". And you know why they want to pay the bond holders back because an investigation will smear quite a few people with the truth about their stupidity.
Steve February 25, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Senator Sheehan must be up for reelection.....

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