Speaker: Issuing subpoenas would be 'fruitless'

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's House speaker is calling it "fruitless" to issue subpoenas to those who have declined to testify before the Oversight Committee on the 38 Studios debacle.

Nicholas Mattiello said Friday that everyone 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.

Oversight Chairwoman Karen MacBeth told WPRO-AM the speaker's position is a "hit" but said the committee would continue its work.

The speaker supports the release of depositions in the lawsuit over 38 Studios' collapse. The judge hasn't decided.

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