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Judge Names Antosh Interim Consent Decree Monitor, Bridging Impasse Between DOJ And RI

A federal court judge has appointed A. Anthony Antosh interim court monitor for a 2014 civil rights consent decree protecting Rhode Islanders with developmental disabilities, breaking through a logjam created when the state and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) failed to agree on a successor to Charles Moseley.

Antosh is a household name among Rhode Island’s developmental disability advocates, having served for 26 years as director of the Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, from its inception in 1993 until his retirement just last month.

U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. issued an order Nov. 25 naming Antosh and saying that “a further delay in appointing a Monitor is not in the best interest of the Parties (the state and the DOJ), or more importantly, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.”

The appointment, effective Dec. 1, will continue until one of three conditions has been met:

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