- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Superior Court judge has ruled the secretary of state’s attorney must pay attorney’s fees and costs for a consultant for Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios.

The ruling filed Wednesday says Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his attorney improperly involved the court in their investigation. They were looking into whether Michael Corso violated lobbying laws by not registering as a lobbyist for the failed video game company before it received a $75 million state loan guarantee.

Mollis’ office told the court it didn’t have a procedure to acquire testimony, then voluntarily dismissed its petition.

Corso’s lawyer, Anthony Traini, sought sanctions. He said it’s unfortunate the court was involved and sanctions are justified.

Mollis says the ruling mischaracterizes his attorney’s actions and rewards someone who fought to keep lobbying activities secret.

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