- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Supreme Court says the disgraced former mayor of Central Falls should not have to pay legal fees from the city’s receivership case.

Charles Moreau went to prison for corruption, but Thursday’s decision is unrelated to that separate federal case.

Moreau and members of the city council sued in 2010 after a state-appointed receiver took over management of the financially troubled city. Their lawsuit challenged the constitutionality of the receivership law, which at the time was new.

They lost, and a lower court ruled Moreau must personally pay the receiver’s attorney’s fees.

The high court found that Moreau was acting in his official capacity, and therefore the mayor should not have to pay legal fees out of his own pocket.

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