Fox lawyer tries to quash subpoena in 38 Studios case

Former House Speaker Gordon Fox and one of his associates, Michael Corso, were mentioned several times in Providence District Court on Thursday, as Fox's attorney, Albin Moser, tried to persuade the judge to quash a subpoena served on the lawmaker in the 38 Studios lawsuit.

Fox wasn't in court, but Moser said Fox is invoking his Fifth Amendment right against incriminating himself.

Moser told the court that he and Fox don't know why federal agents and state police raided Fox's State House office and east side home nearly two months ago. Authorities have not said what they are investigating.

Moser said he doesn't believe there will be any charges against Fox for his role in 38 Studios, but that investigators are interested in any information they might obtain in the lawsuit.

Moser said a grand jury has convened in the case.

"We do believe state and federal investigators are interested in the subject matter of 38 Studios with regard to their investigation. We believe it is a wide-ranging investigation. We know that there are in excess of 100 subpoenas issued for grand jury proceedings," he said.

Judge Michael Silverstein gave Moser until Tuesday to make a stronger argument.

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Commerce Corp.'s lawsuit against 38 Studios is moving along, although slower than the attorney for the corporation would like.

Attorney Max Wistow accused the defendant's lawyers of dragging their feet, and said at least four of the defendants will have no insurance money left on their policies by the time this case goes to trial.

"We're anxious to get this moving," he said.