A new twist arose this week in the ongoing controversy between the Chopmist Hill Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Scituate, RI. The lawyer for the town's insurer, Marc DeSisto, has asked that the case be removed from State Superior Court, to Federal District Court.
DeSisto represents the Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust, who insures the town. The stratetgy behind the move to Federal Court remains open to interpretation. According to the Valley Breeze, the court documents say the move is because the fire department has alleged civil rights violations. Yet the lawyer for Chopmist Hill, John L.P. Breguet, speculated to the Valley Breeze that it may be a delaying move on the part of the town. Ironically, cases usually move forward faster in Federal Court than in state court.
Definitely getting interesting!