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Paper Demands Reports on Governor’s Son

     PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CN) - The Providence Journal sued Rhode Island State Police for reports on a party thrown by Gov. Lincoln Chafee's son, which allegedly featured underage drinking.

The Journal and its reporter Amanda Milkovits sued the state Department of Public Safety, the State Police and their Commissioner Steven G. O'Donnell, in Superior Court.

The Journal claims the State Police violated the Access to Public Records Act by refusing Milkovits' request for copies of police reports on Caleb Chafee.

The governor's 18-year-old son was accused of violating Rhode Island's social host law during a high school graduation party in May, when an underage attendee was allegedly so drunk that police had to take her to a hospital.

Caleb Chafee pleaded no0contest to the charge on Aug. 22.

On Aug. 29, for the Department of Public Safety denied the newspaper the documents it requested.

The Journal wants to see the records, and an injunction ordering the defendants not to deny or delay access to public records.

It is represented by Joseph Cavanagh, with Blish & Cavanagh.

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