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Former Speaker Fox Must respond to "38 Studios" Subpoena

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by ABC6 Chief Political reporter Mark Curtis 

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The “38 Studios” mystery continues. Now a Superior Court judge has ruled against quashing the subpoenas aimed at getting testimony from former House Speaker Gordon Fox, about what he knew about the deal.

Now that Fox's office and home were raided, his lawyer worries civil testimony could set him up for criminal prosecution.

"In this case we know that there is an active investigation going on state and federally. And state authorities have said they are investigating 38 Studios. He has been the subject of two raids," said Albin Moser, Gordon Fox’s attorney.

But despite those two raids, Gordon Fox has not been charged with any crimes.

"I think right now – in the short term - he won’t be testifying, but in the long terms that won't prevent him from testifying down the road," said attorney Ken Schreiber, a legal analyst.

Fox could also assert his 5th Amendment right not to testify, if it could incriminate him.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "Among the questions. Why did former House Speaker Gordon Fox, and former House Speaker Bill Murphy, along with 38 Studios  counsel Michael Corso, all sign non–disclosure agreements about their dealings, on the very same day."

In the meantime - while those questions are being looked into - some want a full investigation from both the General Assembly and the Attorney General's office.

"We deserve to know the full set of circumstances that gave rise to our political leaders creating this terrible, terrible business–political deal,” said State Sen. Dawson Hodgson, (R) North Kingstown-East Greenwich

By some estimates the failed 38 studios deal could cost Rhode Island tax payers over 100 million dollars.
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