Rhode Island Supreme Court Decisions

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Recent Decisions From the Rhode Island Supreme Court

Whitaker v. State  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 16-102

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the judgment of the superior court that granted Defendant’s application for postconviction relief and reinstated Defendant’s convictions, holding that the hearing justice erred in holding that t...

Hexagon Holdings, Inc. v. Carlisle Syntec Inc.  
Date: January 17, 2019
Docket Number: 17-175

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendant in this construction dispute, holding that summary judgment was appropriate. Plaintiff entered into a contra...

State v. Colon  
Date: January 9, 2019
Docket Number: 16-136

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of one count of first-degree child molestation sexual assault, holding that none of the superior court justice’s challenged evidentiary rulings warranted reversal. Speci...

State v. LeFebvre  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 16-72

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for first-degree child abuse, holding that the trial justice did not err by requiring a licensed clinical social worker to testify about statements Defendant made to her...

State v. Tabora  
Date: January 7, 2019
Docket Number: 17-302

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of two counts of second-degree child molestation sexual assault, holding that the trial justice did not err in denying Defendant’s motion for a new trial. On appeal, Def...

State v. Silva  
Date: January 4, 2019
Docket Number: 17-288

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of reckless driving, holding that the trial justice did not commit clear error or overlook or misconceive material or relevant evidence in denying Defendant’s motion for...

Mokwenyei v. Rhode Island Hospital  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-155

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court entering judgment in favor of Defendant on Plaintiff’s claim that Defendant terminated her employment in violation of the Fair Employment Practices Act (FEPA),...

Malinou v. Neri  
Date: December 20, 2018
Docket Number: 17-5

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court dismissing Plaintiff’s probate court appeals for his failure to comply with several court orders, holding that the superior court justice properly exercised h...

State v. Beauregard  
Date: December 17, 2018
Docket Number: 16-340

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court finding Defendant guilty of one count of second-degree murder and one count of discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, holding that the tr...

Jimenez v. State  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: 16-323

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Appellant’s application for postconviction relief, holding that Appellant was not entitled to postconviction relief. Appellant was found guilty of mu...

State v. MacNeil  
Date: December 11, 2018
Docket Number: 17-90

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of one count of second-degree sexual assault for having sexually assaulted a fifteen-year-old neighbor, holding that the trial justice di...

Atryzek v. State  
Date: December 6, 2018
Docket Number: 16-162

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the judgment of the superior court denying Appellant’s application for postconviction relief and remanded the case for further factfinding in light of this Court’s opinion in State v. Gibson, 18...

Duffy v. Town of West Warwick  
Date: December 4, 2018
Docket Number: 17-132

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting Defendants’ motion to dismiss this action pursuant to Rule 41(b)(2) of the Superior Court Rules of Civil Procedure, holding that the motion justice d...

State v. Cahill  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Numbers: 15-86, 16-138

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court finding Defendant guilty of second-degree child abuse, holding that no prejudicial error occurred in the proceedings below. Specifically, the Court held (1)...

State v. Footman  
Date: November 30, 2018
Docket Number: 17-121

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated in part and affirmed in part Defendant’s five criminal convictions, holding that Defendant’s convictions of two counts of sex trafficking of a minor in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 11-67-6 must b...

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