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Glassie v. Doucette  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 14-108

Justia Opinion Summary: At dispute in this case was an allegedly underfunded trust that was created by the decedent, Donelson Glassie (Donelson), for the benefit of his daughter, the late Jacquelin Glassie (Jacquelin), in accordance with a prop...

State v. McDonald  
Date: April 20, 2017
Docket Number: 15-158

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted on three separate counts of embezzlement and one count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement. Defendant filed a motion for a new trial, arguing that the evidence was not suffici...

Roach v. State  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 14-204

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff slipped and fell while she was working as a contract nurse at the Rhode Island Veterans Home. Plaintiff brought suit against the State. After a trial, the jury awarded Plaintiff $500,000. The trial justice gran...

State v. Thibedau  
Date: April 18, 2017
Docket Number: 15-163

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of three counts of child molestation against his stepdaughter. The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court, holding (1) the trial justice did not abuse his...

Lemont v. Estate of Mary Della Ventura  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 13-317

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a negligence suit against Defendant after falling and sustaining injuries while on Defendant’s property. After a trial, the jury returned a verdict in Plaintiff’s favor, finding Defendant to be sixty-fiv...

Limoges v. Nalco Co.  
Date: April 4, 2017
Docket Number: 16-36

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Stephen Limoges claimed that he suffered significant pulmonary injuries in a chemical spill. Plaintiffs brought suit against three different entities, including Arden Engineering Constructors, LLC, alleging, in...

State v. Angeles  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-42

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of felony assault and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and reckless driving. Defendant petitioned the Supreme Court for a...

Njie v. State  
Date: April 3, 2017
Docket Number: 15-52

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled nolo contendere to one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of intimidation of a witness in a criminal proceeding. Defendant filed an application for postconviction relief alleging that his...

Bainum v. Coventry Police Department  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: 16-41

Justia Opinion Summary: Carel Bainum was found guilty of willful trespass because of her unwelcome contact with a former resident in the dementia ward of the Coventry Health and Rehabilitation Center. Bainum then brought a civil action against...

O’Connell v. Walmsley  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Numbers: 16-58, 16-59

Justia Opinion Summary: Jason Goffe and Michael Petrarca were high-speed racing when Goffe lost control of his vehicle and whirled into the eastbound lane. William Walmsley struck Goffe’s vehicle, killing Goffe and his passenger, Brendan O’Conn...

State v. Giard  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 14-278

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled nolo contendere to one count of felony assault and received a deferred sentence. Thereafter, Defendant was presented with a notice of violation based on an alleged act of second-degree child molestation of...

State v. Nichols  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 15-238

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder, one count of felony assault, and three counts of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. The trial justice sentenced Defendant t...

Walsh v. Lend Lease (US) Construction  
Date: March 24, 2017
Docket Number: 16-82

Justia Opinion Summary: Lend Lease (US) Construction was the general contractor on a project, and Rossi Electric Company, Inc. was a subcontractor. An employee of Rossi’s subcontractor was injured while working on the project and filed a neglig...

Preservation Society of Newport County v. City Council of the City of Newport  
Date: March 15, 2017
Docket Number: 14-191

Justia Opinion Summary: The Preservation Society of Newport County and Newport Catering, Inc. (together, Petitioners) filed two applications for victualing licenses, proposing to sell pre-wrapped food prepared off-site, along with snacks and no...

Mancini v. City of Providence  
Date: March 8, 2017
Docket Number: 14-88

Justia Opinion Summary: This certified question concerned an action pending in federal court in which Plaintiff alleged that he was illegally denied a promotion in the Providence Police Department. At issue in this proceeding was Plaintiff’s co...

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