The ACLU of Rhode Island has issued the following statement in response to the R.I. Supreme Court's decision today ruling that records of the grand jury's investigation of the 38 Studios debacle cannot be released:

"This case raised difficult, novel, and extremely important legal issues, but we are disappointed in its outcome. While we appreciate the Court's thorough analysis of those issues, we continue to believe that the overriding public interest in transparency regarding this exceptional episode in the state's history warranted disclosure of the grand jury records. Lessons that could be learned from the 38 Studios disaster by reviewing those records will, unfortunately, now be lost to the passage of time."

The statement above can be attributed to Steven Brown, executive director of the ACLU of Rhode Island. The ACLU and other groups had filed a "friend of the court" brief before the Court in support of release of the grand jury records.

Additional information about the case can be found here.