Ruggiero to Kilmartin: Release 38 Studios documents
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Deborah Ruggiero is calling upon Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to release documents related to the state’s four-year investigation into the 38 Studios deal, adding her voice to a growing list of state leaders seeking transparency for the probe that ended last week without criminal charges.
“The people of Rhode Island deserve transparency on this investigation,” she wrote in a letter sent Wednesday to Attorney General Kilmartin. She wrote that she understands that, while some parts of the investigation likely are exempt from disclosure laws, the rest should be subject to public scrutiny because “…the people of Rhode Island are entitled to know something about the ‘bad business deal’ of 38 Studios and the four-year investigation. It’s the public’s right to access information; and it’s about open, good government.”
She pointed out that former attorney general Patrick Lynch released records related to the state’s investigation of the 2003 Station nightclub fire.
“Other than the fact that some indictments were rendered in the Station Nightclub Fire, how is this different?” she asked in the letter. “Former Attorney General Patrick Lynch recognized the public’s right to know in the Station Fire in order to move the state forward.”
Attorney General Kilmartin and State Police Supt. Col. Steven G. O’Donnell announced last week that, although the investigation will remain open, it is now inactive and no criminal charges are being filed in relation to the state’s 2010 investment of $75 million for loan guarantees to Curt Schilling’s video game development company, which moved to Rhode Island in 2011 and swiftly went bankrupt. The attorney general has declined to release records related to the lengthy investigation.
Representative Ruggiero (D-Dist. 74, Jamestown, Middletown) joins House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello; Gov. Gina Raimondo; the leaders of Common Cause RI, the Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the League of Women Voters and many other state, local and organizational leaders in Rhode Island in asking that the records be released.
For more information, contact:
Meredyth R. Whitty, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903