NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island judge has rejected a newspaper's request for records of a police investigation into a party hosted by Gov. Lincoln Chafee's son, saying disclosing the documents would be an "unwarranted invasion" of privacy.
State police investigated the graduation party hosted by then-18-year-old Caleb Chafee at the family's horse farm in Exeter on Memorial Day in 2012. Caleb Chafee was charged with violating the state's social host law and sentenced to community service, and an 18-year-old woman was hospitalized for suspected alcohol poisoning.
The Providence Journal reports that it sued state police in October 2012 for rejecting its requests for investigation records, but Superior Court Judge William E. Carnes Jr. struck down the newspaper's efforts Tuesday over privacy concerns.
The newspaper is deciding whether to appeal the ruling.