November 17, 2006

Where Have We Heard This Before? Patrick Lynch Says It's All Judge Darigan's Fault...

Carroll Andrew Morse

According to Edward Fitzpatrick in today's Projo, Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch continues his pattern of asserting that the rules that apply to everyone else don't apply to him. We've had the Attorney General assert that it's alright for him to take campaign contributions from a defendant that he is in negotiations with and to file incomplete campaign finance reports. Now, the AG is claiming his office should be exempt from Rhode Island's Access to Public Record's Act...

Facing a deadline in an access-to-public-records request, Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch yesterday released none of the evidence gathered as part of the Station nightclub investigation.

Instead, the attorney general's office sent The Journal a letter saying it could not release certain information and records because of privacy concerns and because of orders issued previously by Superior Court Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr....

Earlier in the day, a Superior Court judge rejected a petition from the attorney general that sought guidance on what material must be made public. Lawyers met in chambers with Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson, who concluded Lynch's petition did not follow the procedure laid out in state law regarding access to public records, according to the attorney general's office and a lawyer representing The Journal....

[Spokesman for the Attorney General Michael Healey] said, "Nothing about this case has been routine and basically what we were trying to convey to Judge Thompson in chambers this morning was: This is an exceptional case, so please consider giving us an exemption."

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"Patrick Lynch continues his pattern of asserting that the rules that apply to everyone else dont apply to him."

Exactly, Andrew. Give us an exemption, judge. From the LAW.

Whether Mr. Lynch must comply with the law is now in the hands of our judiciary. Bravo, Judge Thompson and Judge Fortunato (who correctly ruled against him in the Savannah Smith case a couple of months ago).

Posted by: SusanD at November 17, 2006 9:14 PM

General, Iwould reccomend that you practice your salute before the next Police Academy graduation. Also, can the graduation take place more centrally located area? Perhaps the CCRI campus in Warwick Thank you

Posted by: Frank Woods at December 3, 2006 6:23 PM

General, I would politely suggest that you practice your saluting before the next Police Academy graduation. Also, can the graduation take place more centrally located area? Perhaps the CCRI campus in Warwick Thank you

Posted by: Frank Woods at December 3, 2006 6:25 PM

General, Can future graduations take place in a more centrally located area? Perhaps the CCRI campus in Warwick. Thank you

Posted by: Frank Woods at December 3, 2006 6:28 PM
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