- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island State Police have released for the first time background investigations into prospective state judges.

The Providence Journal reported Wednesday (https://bit.ly/1me0iC7) the investigations into the five candidates running for the District Court vacancy were released in response to a public records request.

The police investigation includes verifying educational and professional backgrounds and examining any criminal history.

The investigation found that one candidate, former state Rep. Timothy Williamson, was issued a summons for a 2014 hit-and-run with an unattended vehicle. Williamson told police during an interview he’d been arrested in 1983 for breach of peace and in 1985 for larceny for throwing a hot dog vendor’s tip cup.

Williamson began working in 2014 as part-time attorney for the House Judiciary Committee.

The other candidates had no arrest records.

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