Speaker: Issuing subpoenas would be 'fruitless'

Nick Mattiello

Rhode Island's House speaker says it would be "fruitless" to issue subpoenas to those who have declined to testify before the Oversight Committee as it reviews the 38 Studios debacle.

Nicholas Mattiello said Friday that everyone who was asked to appear voluntarily has declined through attorneys. He says it doesn't make sense to issue subpoenas because the same people will continue to decline.

38 Studios founder Curt Schilling and ex-Economic Development Corp. chief Keith Stokes are among those called to testify.

Mattiello called the House a legislative body, not an investigative one, and cited ongoing criminal investigations. State police and the attorney general have an active probe.

The speaker supports the release of depositions in the lawsuit over 38 Studios' collapse. A request is pending before the judge.