Kilmartin obtains court order to block release of 38 Studios investigation documents

PROVIDENCE – A court order has been granted to temporarily block the release of documents from the 38 Studios investigation, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported July 1.

Rep. Charlene Lima, D-Cranston, helped push legislation through the General Assembly requiring investigation documents be released even if they were presented to a grand jury, a measure Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has pledged to sign, WPRI-TV reported.

Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin successfully petitioned Superior Court Justice Robert Krause on June 30 to issue a temporary restraining order blocking the move.

Among documents Kilmartin requested not be released, citing the importance of grand-jury secrecy, is correspondence between his office and R.I. State Police detectives, as well as with lawyers for potential witnesses in the case.

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“The purpose of the [restraining order] is to allow the state to seek a legal determination as to what is required and what is prohibited from being released,” Kilmartin spokeswoman Amy Kempe said.