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Arruda arrest stuns judge

October 14, 2011

WOONSOCKET – Municipal Court Judge Lloyd Gariepy worked alongside court aide Rachel T. Arruda for 24 years but he says he had no idea she was embezzling large sums of money generated from traffic fines, as state police allege.
Gariepy said he had nothing to do with processing fines – that was Arruda’s job – and she gave every outward indication of doing it an honest fashion.
“The judge has no management control, he has judicial control,” said Gariepy. “There was no outward indication that she was betraying the public trust that was placed in her for the handling of money.”

Court upholds Chafee stance on Pleau

October 14, 2011

PROVIDENCE – A federal appeals court has upheld Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s right to refuse to turn over accused murderer Jason Pleau for federal prosecution that could result in the death penalty.
Chafee stirred controversy last June when he invoked Rhode Island’s longstanding opposition to capital punishment as a reason for rejecting federal prosecutors’ request to turn over Pleau so he could be tried in the murder and robbery of David Main, a Lincoln man who was depositing receipts from a gas station that he managed at a Woonsocket bank in September 2010.

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