Separation of Powers

A Law Degree of Separation

By Justin Katz | January 6, 2005 |

The thing about lawyers — as about salesmen — is their ability to persuade people into forgetting well-formed opinions and garnered knowledge about their occupation. Of course, most lawyers are ethical, and many rise beyond that boundary to become downright admirable. The point is that they’ve honed an approach to addressing problems that one oughtn’t…

Meeting in RI

By Carroll Andrew Morse | January 6, 2005 | Comments Off on Meeting in RI

As a result of the separation of powers legislation passed in November, legislators are barred from serving on Rhode Island’s executive boards and commissions. Governor Carcieri has proposed a new slate of members for the Rhode Island Lottery commission. Senate President William Murphy, however, claims the lottery commission is exempt from the separation of powers…

They Just Don’t Get It

By | January 4, 2005 |

This posting builds on a previous posting entitled “Unprincipled, Undemocratic Behavior” and a related posting by Marc Comtois. Both postings noted how House Speaker Murphy and Senate President Montalbano were going to maintain the legislative meddling in certain executive matters in spite of the 78% voter approval in November of the Separation of Powers constitutional…

RE: Unprincipled, Undemocratic Behavior

By Marc Comtois | December 21, 2004 | Comments Off on RE: Unprincipled, Undemocratic Behavior

Also of interest in Achorn’s piece was the possibility of a potential quid pro quo between Montalbano and Murphy and Chief Justice Frank J. Williams. For some time, Williams had advocated that executive oversight, ie. the Governor, be removed with regards to the day-to-day operations (firings, hirings, raises, etc.) of the judicial branch. Interestingly, the…

Unprincipled, Undemocratic Behavior

By | December 21, 2004 | Comments Off on Unprincipled, Undemocratic Behavior

Ed Achorn of the Providence Journal has published an important editorial in today’s paper that highlights how Rhode Island House Speaker William Murphy and Senate President Joseph Montalbano are, in Ed’s words, “boldly trying to nullify the [78%] landslide vote of November 2” for a constitutional amendment that brings separation of powers to the state.…

Degrees of Separation

By Justin Katz | December 8, 2004 |

The alarm siren that this news sets off should be audible as distantly as Hawaii: Superior Court Judge Netti Vogel last week issued a permanent injunction blocking the state’s three-year agreement with United. United rival Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island had sought the injunction, claiming the state’s handling of the bids was…