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2/24/2014 Sen. Sheehan seeks all records in 38 Studios court case
STATE HOUSE – Sen. James C. Sheehan (D-Dist. 36, Narragansett, North Kingstown), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Government Oversight, is requesting that the committee be provided copies of all depositions and exhibits relating to the civil lawsuit against 38 Studios.
           
“Pursuant to the Access to Public Records Act and on behalf of the Senate Government Oversight Committee, I am requesting copies” of the material, Senator Sheehan wrote in a letter to Thomas Carlotto, attorney for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (formerly the Economic Development Corp.). “I believe this information will help answer many questions still left unanswered about how the ill-fated deal came about.”
           
The depositions of witnesses central to the 38 Studios deal, along with exhibits, are the result of countless hours and expert due diligence by the state’s attorney and his legal associates, said Senator Sheehan. “I would like to make these records available for review by the Government Oversight Committee to help complete the public record as well as to help policymakers avoid a recurrence of such a failed deal in the future.”
           
Past criminal investigations and an ongoing civil lawsuit have complicated the work of the committee, explained Senator Sheehan. “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.”
           
Nonetheless, he 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.”
           
Senator Sheehan said the information he has requested is important to the work of the committee because it “has dedicated much time and resources to reviewing the practices and operations of quasi-public agencies with an eye toward improving their performance, transparency and accountability.”


For more information, contact:
Randall T. Szyba, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2457