The state Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case involving police reports from a party hosted by the son of former governor Lincoln Chafee. The case is considered an important test of government transparency.
In May 2012, then-governor Lincoln Chafee’s son, Caleb Chafee, hosted a graduation party. One of the guests landed in the hospital with a suspected case of alcohol poisoning. The governor’s son later pleaded no contest to a charge of giving alcohol to minors. A reporter from the Providence Journal wanted to know more about the incident, so she requested the police reports, but state police refused to release them.
The paper responded by going to court to sue for the release of the records. A Superior Court Judge ruled last year the disclosure would amount to an unwarranted invasion of privacy.
Based on appeal by the Journal, the state Supreme Court has now agreed to consider the case. A court spokesman says the case won’t be taken up until next fall or possibly later.
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