Judge holding closed-door sessions on smoke shop
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A federal judge overseeing the Narragansett Tribe's smokeshop case held a closed-door hearing in Rhode Island on Wednesday.

The Providence Journal obtained a summary of the proceeding, in which U.S. District Judge William Smith urged the tribe and the state to settle their dispute over the sale of tax-free cigarettes. The paper said Smith asked the parties not to speak about the case.

Smith will hold another closed-door hearing on Monday. He halted the state's complaint against the tribe that was filed in state court.

Get the Story:
Smoke Shop Battle Moves To Courtroom (The New London Day 7/17)
Federal judge urges tribe, state to settle smoke-shop dispute (The Providence Journal 7/17)
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More on the Raid:
Video | Pictures | Text: Gov. Carcieri's July 14 Press Conference | Text: Gov. Carcieri's July 15 Statement | Text: Excerpts of Narragansett Chief Sachem July 14 Press Conference

Rhode Island's Court Filings:
Motion for Temporary Restraining Order | Washington County Superior Court Complaint

Relevant Laws:
Rhode Island Indian Claims Settlement Act (US Code)

Relevant Links:
Narragansett Tribe -
Rhode Island Governor -
Rhode Island Attorney General -

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