Lawsuit Seeks Payment Over 2003 Smoke Shop Raid
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A lawyer who helped represent the Narragansett Indian tribe after state police raided a smoke-shop a decade ago is suing the tribe over legal fees totaling more than $1.1 million. Boston lawyer Douglas J. Luckerman sued in Superior Court, arguing that the tribe had reneged on two contracts. He seeks compensation, interest and legal fees.
The tribe says the state lacks jurisdiction and that Luckerman failed to exhaust Tribal Court review.
John F. Killoy Jr., the tribe’s lawyer, said the breach-of-contract allegation does not have merit and that the tribe has been making regular payments to Luckerman.
More than 40 state troopers raided the shop at then-Gov. Donald L. Carcieri’s orders after the tribe began selling tax-free cigarettes in July 2003. The raid descended into a televised melee with injuries and arrests.