PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state has asked the Rhode Island Supreme Court to block a lower court judge from ruling in the state’s landmark pension law.
The state says Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter isn’t impartial because her mother receives a state pension and her son is a state trooper. She ruled on Oct. 19 that she wouldn’t recuse herself from a challenge by public employee unions to the pension law.
The state says her son and mother could be substantially affected by the decision and that the judicial code says a judge should be disqualified if a parent or child has an economic interest in a case.
Taft-Carter says her family members’ financial interests are insignificant and won’t affect her impartiality.
The Providence Journal reports an advisory panel on judicial conduct gave Taft-Carter the OK to handle the case.