Judge to recommend dismissing RI church bell suit

A lawsuit over loud church bells may have reached the end of the line.{}{} {}The Providence Journal reports that a federal magistrate judge on Wednesday said the lawsuit filed by a Narragansett resident fails to state a claim. She will recommend that it be dismissed.

John Devaney filed the lawsuit on his own without the help of a lawyer. It said the bells that chime at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish across the street from his house are so loud that they helped lead to the end of his marriage.

Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan told Devaney he could revise the complaint. She recommended he seek a lawyer's advice if he decides to do that.

Devaney said he tried to get the help of the ACLU, but it declined.