From an email:
"The case was brought by the developers of some land in the Nipsachuck area against the RI Advisory Commission on Historic Cemeteries. The developer argued that the Advisory Commission had acted improperly when it designated some historic cemeteries within the proposed development (one of the cemeteries was some of the rock piles that Meli had identified as marking burials). The case was dismissed because the Commission is only an advisory body - it cannot legally designate anything a cemetery - only the cities and towns in RI can do that under state statute. Thus the plaintiff's argument was moot and the case was dismissed. The question of just what the rock piles represent was outside the court's consideration and never came up. It was a case about procedure, not substance."
Update: Subject title corrected, thanks to "Annonymous" commentor.