U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

He donated to Marianne Williamson. Now, he’s defending Trump in R.I.

BY: - November 6, 2023

A lot can change in four years. Ask Gregory Piccirilli. In 2019, the Cranston attorney donated to then-Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, according to federal campaign finance reports. Now, Piccirilli is defending Donald Trump in a lawsuit over his eligibility to be on Rhode Island’s 2024 presidential primary ballot. The complaint filed in Rhode Island […]

Federal court judge dismisses challenge to RI shoreline access law

BY: - September 20, 2023

Wrong court, wrong argument and against the wrong people. So declared U.S. District Court Judge William Smith in his Sept. 19 opinion dismissing a legal challenge to the state’s newly inked shoreline access law. Smith ultimately sided with state Attorney General Peter Neronha, who sought to have the lawsuit thrown out.  Smith’s reasoning, as laid […]

Judge extends timeline for state to finish employment plan for workers with disabilities

BY: - August 1, 2023

PROVIDENCE — A federal judge has given state officials more time to comply with a near-decade old agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to bring programs for Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities in line with federal law. Rhode Island U.S. District Court Chief Judge John J. McConnell Tuesday extended a 2014 consent […]

Neronha wants shoreline access lawsuit thrown out

BY: - August 1, 2023

The group of coastal taxpayers seeking to stop state agencies from enforcing the new shoreline access law has no grounds to sue. So said Attorney General Peter Neronha, whose office filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island on Monday seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. The new law, signed by […]

New shoreline access law faces first legal challenge

BY: - July 7, 2023

The ink on Rhode Island’s newly signed shoreline access law barely dried before facing its first legal challenge. A group of coastal property owners are asking a federal court judge to stop state agencies from enforcing the public shoreline access delineation under a complaint filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island […]

Oil tanker operator, captain and chief engineer admit to environmental crimes in federal court

BY: - May 5, 2023

The Greek company that owned an oil tanker that entered Rhode Island waters last year without a crucial safety system to guard against an explosion onboard was fined $2.25 million after pleading guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Providence to federal environmental crimes carried out by the captain and chief engineer. The tanker Galissas […]

ACLU of R.I. joins years-old lawsuit against DCYF

BY: - April 24, 2023

The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island announced Monday it is joining a federal lawsuit against the state’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families originally filed eight years to remedy deficiencies in the system for placing children in foster care. The suit filed in 2015 in U.S. District Court in Providence by Children’s Rights, […]