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Recent Decisions From the Rhode Island Supreme Court

State v. Arciliares  
Date: November 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-61

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court quashed the order 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 trial...

In re B.H.  
Date: October 19, 2018
Docket Number: 16-322

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the family court requiring Defendant to register as a sex offender and denying his motion to waive sex-offender registration and notification pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws 11-37.1-4(j...

State v. Romero  
Date: October 17, 2018
Docket Number: 17-89

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction of three counts of second-degree child molestation sexual assault, holding that the trial justice properly admitted testimony regarding previous restraining orders agains...

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp. v. Restivo Monacelli LLP  
Date: July 3, 2018
Docket Number: 16-140

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the superior court in favor of Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (Resource Recovery) in the amount of $5,733,648.18, inclusive of interest, on Resource Recovery’s claims...

State v. Washington  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-151

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant’s conviction for carrying a firearm without license and other firearm-related offenses. After Defendant filed his appeal, he filed in the Supreme Court a motion to hold the appeal...

State v. Pati  
Date: June 29, 2018
Docket Number: 16-352

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend’s six-year-old son. On appeal, Defendant claimed that he was entitled to a new trial becaus...

In re Madlyn B.  
Date: June 28, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-349, 16-354

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decree of the family court declaring that Mother neglected and abused her two children, Madlyn and Luke. Specifically, the Court held (1) there was sufficient evidence to support an infer...

State v. Rhode Island Troopers Ass’n  
Date: June 27, 2018
Docket Number: 17-330

Justia Opinion Summary: In this appeal by the Rhode Island Troopers Association from a judgment granting declaratory and equitable relief in favor of the State, the Supreme Court affirmed the first six declarations and vacated the remaining two...

State v. Moten  
Date: June 26, 2018
Docket Number: 17-158

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of murder and discharging a firearm while committing a crime of violence, among other crimes. Specifically, the Court held (1) Defendant...

Arnold v. Arnold  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Numbers: 16-12, 16-145

Justia Opinion Summary: In this property dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying Plaintiffs’ claims in whole and denying Defendants’ request for attorneys’ fees. When Defendants fenced the confines of an...

Navarro v. State  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 16-143

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court denying postconviction relief for Appellant, who challenged the trial court’s acceptance of his nolo contendere plea on a second-degree murder charge. At se...

Cancel v. City of Providence  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-370

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court entering summary judgment in favor of Defendants, the City of Providence and various City officials, on Plaintiff’s complaint alleging, among other things, th...

State v. Maxie  
Date: June 22, 2018
Docket Number: 17-92

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant’s convictions on count four, sex trafficking of a minor, in violation of R.I. Gen. Laws 11-67-6, and count six, conspiring to commit the crime of sex trafficking with a minor, holding...

Pineda v. Chase Bank USA, N.A.  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-331

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court granting summary judgment for Defendant, Chase Bank USA, N.A., on Plaintiff’s claims alleging that Chase agreed to issue him two new loans to pay promissory n...

Ainsworth v. Ainsworth  
Date: June 21, 2018
Docket Number: 16-9

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the family court denying Mother’s motion to relocate with the parties’ four minor children from Rhode Island to Australia, holding that the hearing justice did not overlook or misc...

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