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AP&S Wins “Speech in Debate” Clause Case

In a matter of first impression, Irons v. The Ethics Commission, The Rhode Island Superior Court ruled that AP&S’s client, the former Senate President, is immune from Ethics Commission prosecution because the charges against him stem from how he voted on legislation. Under the speech in debate clause of the Rhode Island Constitution, legislators are immune from prosecution on how they vote on legislation or participate in legislative activities.

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