Mon October 18, 2010
Court rules Central Falls receivership constitutional
By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Superior Court judge has upheld the constitutionality of the law that paved the way for the Central Falls receivership.
In a 48-page decision, Judge Michael Silverstein ruled that the state's receivership law quote, "does not have a permanent effect on a municipality's form of government."
Silverstein also wrote that the law guards against arbitrary and unconstrained actions.
Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau turned the city over to a receivership back in May to help Central Falls deal with its millions of dollars of debt. He then filed the lawsuit last month claiming the state-appointed receiver was unconstitutional.
The American Civil Liberties Union says in a released statement that the law gives the state open-ended authority and called this a quote, "sad day for democracy in Central Falls." The ACLU goes on to say that the receivership has disenfranchised the citizens of Central Falls.
In a separate decision, Silverstein ruled that the receiver can also make municipal appointments.
Read The Decision
Read the 48-page decision here.
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