Rhode Island Judiciary http://ripr.org en Despite Reforms, Connections Can Still Lead to Judgeships http://ripr.org/post/despite-reforms-connections-can-still-lead-judgeships <p>After the Rhode Island court scandals of the 1990’s, the state changed the way judges are chosen. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay explains why lawyers with Statehouse connections keep getting appointed to the bench … despite the reforms.</p><p></p><p>Common Cause of Rhode Island, the good government group, the Rhode Island Bar Association and a past president of the NAACP skewered Gov. Lincoln Chafee recently when he elevated former Senate President Joe Montalbano to a coveted judgeship on the state superior court bench.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:31:21 +0000 Scott MacKay 15879 at http://ripr.org Despite Reforms, Connections Can Still Lead to Judgeships Denise Dallaire: Freed After 10 Years in Prison http://ripr.org/post/denise-dallaire-freed-after-10-years-prison <p>Denise Dallaire served ten years in prison before being abruptly freed a few months ago by the same judge who sentenced her.</p><p>She was convicted in 2003 on a minor drug dealing charge, but because of mandatory sentencing laws in effect at that time, she received a 15 year sentence.&nbsp; When her sentence was reversed, the judge apologized to her.</p><p></p><p>Ms. Dallaire sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.</p><p>More from Elisabeth Harrison's interview with Denise Dallaire.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 13:15:32 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 14859 at http://ripr.org Denise Dallaire: Freed After 10 Years in Prison RI Judiciary working to update its 31-year-old media policy http://ripr.org/post/ri-judiciary-working-update-its-31-year-old-media-policy <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', 'Bitstream Charter', Times, serif; font-size: 13px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 19px; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px;">The<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a data-mce-="" href="http://www.courts.ri.gov/default.aspx">Rhode Island Judiciary<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</s Mon, 17 Dec 2012 20:15:31 +0000 Ian Donnis 4740 at http://ripr.org