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  • In the Media
    July 31, 2015
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Immigration detainers require probable cause: qualified immunity arguments rejected" by Brandon Gee July 29, 2015:  Immigration officials could not claim qualified immunity to obtain summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff imprisoned on an immigration detainer for 24 hours despite the fact that she is a United States citizen, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has determined. The defendants, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent and...
  • In the Media
    July 27, 2015
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Ruling seen as must-read for defense, prosecution: ‘Brady’ rules reexamined in Tempest verdict reversal" by Pat Murphy  July 23, 2015: Judge Daniel A. Procaccini made headlines across the nation earlier this month when he vacated the 1992 murder conviction of Raymond D. “Beaver” Tempest Jr. While the ultimate fate of Tempest remains uncertain given the state’s intention to appeal the decision, the Providence Superior Court judge’s 79-page opinion in...
  • In the Media
    July 20, 2015
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Probation tops defense bar’s wish list for governor’s panel" by Pat Murphy  July 17, 2015: Defense attorneys are hopeful that an overhaul of the state’s probation system will be one of the primary outcomes of a process started earlier this month with Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s formation of a panel to study and recommend criminal justice reforms. The governor issued an executive order establishing the Justice Reinvestment Working Group on July 7. The...
  • In the Media
    July 13, 2015
    From the Washington Post: "Christie hires campaign manager and appoints senior staff" by Philip Rucker Morristown, N.J., July 3, 2015: Gov. Chris Christie has hired a seasoned Republican strategist to manage his nascent presidential campaign and has recruited other veteran operatives to round out a senior staff that also will include the top advisers who charted his rise in New Jersey. Ken McKay [RWU Law '96], a well-regarded operative who previously has served as chief of staff at the...
  • In the Media
    July 07, 2015
    From Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly: "Prof helps lift ‘ghostwriting’ sanctions against attorneys" by Pat Murphy June 26, 2015:  The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently lifted sanctions against three attorneys who authored pleadings on behalf of pro se defendants in separate debt collection cases. Peter S. Margulies lent a helping hand to the court in clarifying whether the practice of ghostwriting is permissible under the state’s civil rules and rules of professional conduct. The Roger...
  • In the Media
    July 06, 2015
    From the Providence Journal: "Scalia’s vitriol undercuts his influence" by Edward Fitzpatrick July 3, 2015:  [...] “When it comes to penning baroquely articulated vitriol, Justice Antonin Scalia may rival William Shakespeare,” Slate states, noting that his Obamacare dissent includes the terms “pure applesauce” and “jiggery-pokery” and his same-sex marriage dissent mentions “mummeries” and “judicial Putsch.” [...] When the court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex...
  • In the Media
    July 02, 2015
    From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: “BP settlement ‘predictable’ end to historic legal battle, experts say” by Jennifer Larino, the Times-Picayune. NEW ORLEANS, July 02, 2015: BP has agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle federal, state and local government claims related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The deal – the largest environmental settlement in U.S. history – closes the book on years of ongoing litigation and opens a pathway for billions of dollars to flow into coastal...
  • In the Media
    July 01, 2015
    From WPRO News Talk 630: "Gene talks with Dean Yelnosky about the Supreme Court's ruling on Same Sex Marriage." WPRO's Gene Valicenti talks with Dean Yelnosky about the substance and implications of the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. To listen, click here.
  • In the Media
    June 16, 2015
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "State senate committee told municipalities making gains in APRA compliance in face of criticism" by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jun. 16, 2015 --  Ten months after a coalition of First Amendment advocates issued a report faulting state and local agencies for approaching the revised state open records law with indifference, "if not outright hostility," a lawyer for the attorney general’s office told state senators Monday that towns and...
  • In the Media
    June 13, 2015
    From WRNI, Rhode Island's NPR station: Warwick resident Nicholas Rovinski sits in a jail cell accused of conspiring to support the Islamic State in Iraq. Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon spoke with Roger Williams Law School Professor Peter Margulies about the charges against Rovinski and federal anti-terrorism law. Margulies explains the FBI's case against Rovinski and says U.S. law allows a relatively wide definition of the term "conspiracy." Margulies observes that...
  • In the Media
    June 09, 2015
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: “Summit examines ways to deliver proper treatment to R.I.'s mentally ill” by Rich Salit, Journal Staff Writer WARWICK, R.I., Jun. 8, 2015 — Recognizing that the state is falling short when it comes to caring for people with behavioral health problems — and too often imprisoning those struggling with addiction and mental illness instead of treating them — Governor Raimondo and other top state officials convened a day-long conference on Monday to discuss what's wrong...
  • In the Media
    June 06, 2015
    From PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS: "Nonprofit ensures income is no barrier to justice" by Patricia Daddona PROVIDENCE, June 6, 2015 -- Misty Delgado left corporate employment to become a fellow at the Center for Justice, a new, independent nonprofit dedicated to public-interest law and helping people on low incomes get legal representation. Delgado's clients include a Hispanic man from Providence who lost his job but was denied unemployment benefits. The individual had a 10-year history with the...
  • In the Media
    May 28, 2015
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Face of Justice in Ocean State" by David A. Logan In a May 17 piece (“Race in Rhode Island”), The Journal reported that minority populations in our state have increased by nearly 500 percent since 1970, while the white population decreased by nearly 12 percent. The series spotlighted some of the many challenges Rhode Island faces as we become more ethnically and racially diverse. The changing complexion of society is occurring on the national level, as well,...
  • In the Media
    May 28, 2015
    From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Prosecutors, defense object to closed hearing in R.I. sex-trafficking case" by Katie Mulvaney PROVIDENCE, R.I., May 27, 2015 — Federal prosecutors have joined a defense lawyer in objecting to U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi's order closing a courtroom during a plea hearing for a woman accused of sex trafficking. [...] Andrew Horwitz, a professor at Roger Williams University School of Law, said he had only seen a courtroom closed in cases involving a child...
  • In the Media
    May 11, 2015
    From the NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL: "It's Plaintiffs' Turn to Attack BP Deal" by Amanda Bronstad May 11, 2015: Lead plaintiffs attorneys petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit last month to reverse changes to the way claim amounts are calculated. Those accounting changes were put into place after that court agreed with BP PLC that the claims administrator was using an accounting method that could have paid thousands of businesses with no oil-spill losses. "What turns out to be a...