Kilmartin: 38 Studios investigation to conclude ‘sooner rather than later’

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The state’s top prosecutor said he expects the long-running investigation into 38 Studios to wrap up “sooner rather than later.”

Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin acknowledged the probe – now going on four years – has taken longer than expected. He quipped “in all candor my wife’s asked me what the heck is taking so long.”

“We are very close to closure on it in one form or another without stating what the form will be,” Kilmartin said on a taping of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers. “I’m anticipating it should be sooner rather than later.”

When pressed if the investigation would come to a head before the end of the year, Kilmartin said “oh God yes.”

“I don’t like to put timetables but I’d be shocked if otherwise,” said Kilmartin.

He declined to say if the case has been before a grand jury.

Kilmartin said the high-profile release of documents from the state’s civil lawsuit against architects of the 38 Studios deal slowed them down.

“That gave us a whole new area to look into to see if there was anything potentially new that we missed,” he said. “That obviously helped push it back a little bit.”

The state police probe began just after Curt Schilling’s state-backed game company collapsed into bankruptcy in 2012.

The Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office has previously released investigatory material in cases of high interest. In 2006 then-Attorney General Patrick Lynch released 3,000 pages of evidence in the Station Nightclub fire case.

Asked if he would be willing to do the same at the conclusion of the 38 Studios probe Kilmartin was noncommittal.

“I’m sure there will be redactions,” he said. “We will do what is allowed under [the Access to Public Records Act].”

Tim White ( twhite@wpri.com ) is the Target 12 investigative reporter and host of Newsmakers for WPRI 12 and Fox Providence. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook

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