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Legislative subpoena for Curt Schilling to be reissued

December 15, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A subpoena for former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling will be reissued as Rhode Island lawmakers continue to probe the state’s $75 million deal with his failed video game company, 38 Studios.

The subpoena, requested by the House Oversight Committee, commanded Schilling to testify Tuesday before the committee. It expired after a constable wasn’t able to serve it. Schilling lives in Massachusetts.

The committee chairwoman, Democratic Rep. Karen MacBeth, told the committee she is asking Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to reissue it.

Schilling has never publicly answered questions about how the 38 Studios deal went wrong.

“This was his brainchild and he has never given his story,” MacBeth said. “We’re going to keep going until we get answers for the people.”

The company relocated to Rhode Island from Massachusetts in 2010 in exchange for a $75 million state loan guarantee. It ran out of money less than two years later, leaving taxpayers on the hook.

The committee approved requesting subpoenas for attorney Michael Corso, who did work for 38 Studios, and former House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino, who is now commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Health Access.

Mattiello will sign the subpoenas, commanding all three to testify on Jan. 14, his spokesman said.

They could prove difficult to serve — legislative subpoenas aren’t expected to be legally effective or enforceable outside of Rhode Island. Corso moved from Rhode Island to Massachusetts, according to his attorney.

Constable John Esposito told the committee he could not find any property that Schilling owns in Rhode Island and Schilling didn’t respond to private messages he sent on Facebook.

Schilling is one of several people being sued over the deal. His lawyers didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday.

Corso’s attorney, Michael Lepizzera, said MacBeth misunderstands Corso’s involvement. He said he would consider meeting with MacBeth privately to help “set the record straight.”

“I doubt very seriously I’m going to subject my client to coming before a biased person to answer questions, especially when I don’t think she has a handle on the transaction itself,” Lepizzera said.

MacBeth said Lepizzera’s public comments about her and the committee’s work are disingenuous and inappropriate.

Costantino couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. As a former elected official, he should feel obligated to testify, MacBeth said.

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