Rhode Island

J. Litigation; pending litigation or other attorney-client privileges.

Exemption (2) excludes all sessions and work sessions pertaining to litigation. Exemption (4) excludes investigative proceedings regarding allegations of both criminal and civil misconduct.

D. The source's rights and interests

There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue.

7. Advisory boards and commissions, quasi-governmental entities.

R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-46-2(c) includes public bodies which are supervisory or advisory in nature and not just public bodies that meet to render decisions. See Solas v. Emergency Hiring Counsel of State, 774 A.2d 820, 825 (R.I. 2001). As discussed above, quasi-governmental agencies which meet the definition of “authority” in R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-1 are covered.

I. Defamation actions

The privilege is qualified with respect to defamation cases, in that it does not apply to the "source of any allegedly defamatory information in any case where the defendant, in a civil action for defamation, asserts a defense based on the source of the information." R.I. Gen. Laws § 9-19.1-3(b)(1).

1. Athletic records.

There is no statutory or case law specifically addressing athletic records but pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(4)(i)(A)(I), any record identifiable to an individual student is not a public record..

2. Trustee records.

There is no statutory or case law addressing this issue.

B. Other statutory exclusions.

For the standards a statute must meet to override the APRA, see R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-2(S) (1999).

1. Regular meetings.

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