RI ACLU files suit against Flanders

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The Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union on Monday filed a lawsuit against the state-appointed receiver for Central Falls, Robert Flanders.

In a news release, the RI ACLU said Flanders unlawfully delegated some of his powers to his chief of staff.

The ACLU said the complaint dates back to January when the city enacted an overnight parking ban, which has since been lifted. The ACLU said the receiver was not present when the ordinance was passed and that Chief of Staff Gayle Corrigan made the motion to approve the ordinance.

The ACLU said Central Falls residents have been denied their due process rights because Corrigan is not an elected official nor is she the receiver. The lawsuit also claims Flanders has violated the Open Meetings Act.

“It is dubious enough that the receivership law disenfranchises the entire electorate of Central Falls, replacing the Mayor and City Council with a Receiver, but to then have that Receiver delegate the duties of those elected officers to a third party is utterly unacceptable,” ACLU attorney Jennifer Azevedo said in the news release.

The RI ACLU said the lawsuit was filed on behalf of Central Falls resident Shaunne Thomas.

There was no immediate comment from Flanders.

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