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Former prosecutor says Magistrate defaulted on race discrimination case

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An entry of default has been made against a Traffic Tribunal Magistrate in a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Documents filed with Superior Court on Tuesday indicate that Traffic Tribunal Magistrate Alan Goulart failed to answer a complaint made against him individually by former prosecutor Dawn Huntley.

The document says that Goulart did not answer a lawsuit that was served to him on June 23, 2011 within the allotted 20 day time period.

In the case, Huntley V. State of Rhode Island Et Al. Huntley alleges that Goulart, who was then the chief of the criminal division in the Rhode Island Attorney General's office, made racially discriminatory remarks to her.  Former Attorney General Patrick Lynch and Deputy Attorney General Gerald Coyne are also named as defendants.

In April the Rhode Island Supreme Court ruled against Huntley in the case against the State of Rhode Island on grounds that Huntley could not pursue the matter in state court because a similar suit was filed in Federal Court and was dismissed after Huntley did not respond to a motion to dismiss.

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