R.I. Supreme Court will not block judge from presiding in state pensions lawsuit (Providence Journal)

December 6, 2012 – The Rhode Island Supreme Court has turned down the state’s request to block Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter from presiding over union and retiree lawsuits challenging Rhode Island’s 2011 pension law. Lawyers for the state had sought a stay while appealing Taft-Carter’s refusal to recuse herself because her mother collects a pension and her son is a public employee. In an opinion handed down Thursday afternoon, the Supreme Court noted the substantial public interest in the pension case, “requiring the resolution of complex questions of constitutional law, the speedy, effective, and efficient determination of which is of incalculable importance to all of the state’s citizens.”

Link to Full Article: http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/12/the-rhode-island-supreme-court.html

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