Judge says she won’t postpone trial date in pension lawsuit

By The Associated Press


NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) _ The judge hearing a challenge to Rhode Island‘s 2011 overhaul of its public pension system says she won’t postpone the trial date.

The state’s lawyers requested a continuance to complete written discovery, take depositions, submit motions and prepare for trial. They asked to start the trial on Jan. 25, 2016 instead of April 20.        

Lawyers for the public-sector unions and retirees suing the state agreed to a delay, but didn’t all support the timeline the state suggested.

Judge Sarah Taft-Carter told them in Newport Superior Court on Friday they have had sufficient time to prepare.

She says she has already granted one continuance and the April 20 trial date is “firm.”

Attorney John Tarantino, who represents the state, says he’ll be ready.

The plaintiffs’ attorneys didn’t comment.

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