Frank J. Williams, the retired chief justice of the R.I. Supreme Court, who has been embroiled in a messy divorce case involving his former driver, announced today that he will no longer hear any new court cases.
Williams, 69, formally resigned from the court in December 2008, but at the court's request, agreed to assist on an interim basis.
"The events surrounding the family court matter are personal in nature, but the media accounts are causing an unwarranted and unnecessary distraction for the court,'' Williams said in a statement. "The welfare of the judiciary has always been extremely important to me. I do not want it adversely affected by personal and collateral matters."
"There is no question that this matter has become a distraction," Suttell said in a press release. "It is clearly in the best interests of the judiciary that the former chief justice be relieved of judicial responsibilities at this time."
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