Court Rules Inmate Serving Life Sentence can’t Sue after being Attacked

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has swatted down a lawsuit by an inmate serving a life sentence. It ruled that such inmates are prohibited from filing suit because the law sees them as “dead.”

The lawsuit was brought against the Department of Corrections by Dana Gallop, an inmate serving two life sentences plus 45 years, for killing a rival gang member and shooting a bystander outside of a Providence nightclub in 2008. While imprisoned, Gallop was attacked by another inmate who slashed him with a razor blade, leaving a gash that took 60 stitches to close and a scar across his face.

The law states that individuals serving life sentences are “civilly dead” meaning that they are considered dead for all purposes of marriage, property ownership, and all civil rights. These people are seen as dead to the state at the moment of their conviction, even as they are, in actuality, alive and imprisoned.

Gallop’s attorney, Ronald J. Resmini, called the ruling “very disappointing” and dismissed the state’s civil-death statute as “moronic”. Rhode Island is “the only state left with the archaic law,” he elaborated.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini took on this case after being contacted by Gallop and growing outraged by the facts. This unfair ruling is incredibly concerning for those who believe in accountability in the prison system and the rights of those in its care.

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New Law Makes Driving while Holding Your Mobile Device Illegal in Rhode Island

A law that went into effect on June 1 makes it illegal to hold your cell phone/mobile device in your hand while operating a vehicle.

Police plan to fiercely enforce the law. Individuals caught using their phones while driving will be issued a $100 fine the first time. However, the fine can be waived if you are able to show that you’ve purchased a hands-free solution for your car, such as a mount. This is because the law does not prohibit hands-free use of mobile devices.

The law is designed to combat distracted driving, which causes numerous serious car accidents every year. The intention is not to be inconvenient, but rather to save lives.

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Former Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter to Join Resmini Law Offices

The entire team here at Resmini Law Offices are proud to welcome attorney Sam Sutter to the firm. Attorney Sutter has practiced law since 1984 and has served citizens in Rhode Island in many different capacities for decades. He has worked as an assistant District Attorney, District Attorney, and as Mayor of Fall River, and has dedicated his life to the service of the citizens of this great state.

Read the official press release here, or watch the video above for more information on this welcome addition to our expanding team here at Resmini Law Offices.