Reported Judicial Misconduct Committed By Judge Ernest C. Torres In Rhode Island Courts
Excessive, Unexplained Secrecy In Proceedings With Judge Ernest Torres
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Complaint One: A flurry of secret filings has occurred in the Buddy Cianci "Plunder Dome" case being heard by Judge Torres. Judge Torres has refused comment. No explanations are being given by anyone for the secret filings. There is nothing in the record to show whether the lawyers have good reason for keeping this material out of the public record, or whether Torres reviewed the material before it was sealed. There is also nothing in the record that indicates who is filing the sealed documents. Usually, the only material that would be kept out of the public domain in a criminal case, once an indictment is returned, are things related to grand-jury proceeding - which are secret under the law - and anything covered by a protective order issued by the court. And usually, each time a lawyer seeks to keep something out of the public domain, a motion to seal is filed and ruled upon by a judge before any documents are sealed.