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Complaint 1

[Pine administration] Listed: Dec 17, 1997  Case Number: Sup 96-507-A.  This complaint results from a petition for Writ Of Mandamus filed by Thomas Livermore, Pro Se. The Attorney General's office and the town of Coventry wasted taxpayer's money by fighting this action all the way to the RI Supreme Court rather than correcting or admitting error in their respective departments.  The mother and uncle of now deceased minor Jesse LaRocque openly and willingly admitted on police reports regarding the accident and grand jury testimony they allowed Jesse LaRocque, a minor, to keep and drive a motorcycle they knew didn't belong to him.  The mother and uncle had over 12 hours to take action regarding the motorcycle in this minor's possession.  The mother and uncle both heard Jesse LaRocque drive off and took no action. The child died in a high speed crash minutes after leaving his home.  The Attorney General and Coventry police ignored the admitted criminal negligence of both the mother and uncle of the deceased Jesse LaRocque. The Attorney General and Coventry police allowed this mother and uncle to return home knowing they had other minors living with them.  No notification was given to the DCYF regarding the admitted criminal negligence of both the mother and uncle of the deceased.  The Attorney General and Coventry police ignored a letter from the head of the DCYF stating something should to be done regarding the handling of the Jesse LaRocque incident. The Attorney General and Coventry police did go after Mr. Livermore because of allegations from the mother and the equivalent of a local gang.  Mr. Livermore was charged with 2 counts of manslaughter for allegedly renting the motorcycle to Jesse LaRocque the day before.  Mr. Livermore filed for a petition for Writ Of Mandamus to have the Attorney General or Coventry police either prosecute or at least arrest the self-admitted criminally negligent mother and uncle.  The Attorney General and Coventry police fought Mr. Livermore all the way to the RI Supreme Court rather than admit or correct their negligence.  The Attorney General's office and the Coventry police wasted taxpayer's money by fighting this action all the way to the RI Supreme Court rather than correcting or admitting error in their respective departments.  

The Supreme Court and the lower courts have placed their stamp of approval on the Attorney General and Coventry police negligence by denying Mr. Livermore's petition for Writ of Mandamus. The RI Commission On Judicial Tenure and Discipline says they see no wrong with Judges that overlook such wrongdoing.

Complaint 2

[Pine administration] See details of several civil rights suits filed against the Attorney General's Office due to the outrageous and illegal conduct of their infamous Narcotics Strike Force and due to the Attorney General's Office knowledge and condoning of said outrageous and illegal conduct.

Complaint 3

[Pine administration] See details of abuse of prosecutorial discretion and prosecutorial misconduct in the DiPrete case and in the case of Michael Mendoza.  These two cases also show outrageous, illegal or unethical deals made by Prosecutors to "buy" or perhaps "create" testimony.  These cases will give you a good inside view of how prosecutors act when abusing their power.

Complaint 4:

[Pine administration] Should Prosecutor Dambruch use the power of the Attorney General's office to carry out a personal vendetta?  Read about the five year ordeal experienced by Citizen Thomas Livermore.

Complaint 5:

Read the case of Ronald L'Heureux and you will see not only prosecutorial misconduct, but the incredible battle one has trying to get the courts to address it. 

Complaint 6:

[Whitehouse administration] Read what the "Attorney for the people" does to whistle blowers in Rhode Island!

Complaint 7:

In January 1999, indictments against Patrolman Randell P. Masterson were dismissed due to prosecutorial misconduct.

Complaint 8:

The age old story of over zealous prosecution and prosecutorial misconduct all over again.  Read what happened with William Shinn and note how the state tries to protect itself when people are willing to fight for justice!

Complaint 9:

Read the shenanigans and the "make the facts fit our case" mentality in the trial of Jorge M. DePina, Joao Monteiro and Gildo Teixeira.

Complaint 10:

The State gets it wrong again in the Hornoff case.

Complaint 11:

Read how trusting and understanding and how unwilling the Attorney General's Office is to wrongdoing when it comes to the Roman Catholic Church.

Complaint 12:

The Attorney General's office gets the Butt Kissing Award in the case of McKenna v. Williams. 

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