Supreme Court rulings keep Trump’s financial records private for now

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court issued a mixed verdict Thursday on demands for President Donald Trump’s financial records that will keep his tax returns, banking and other documents out of the public eye for the time being. The court rejected broad arguments by Trump’s lawyers and the Justice Department that the president is immune from […]

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Trump administration rules allowing some employers to decline to provide contraceptive coverage on religious or moral grounds, which could leave more than 70,000 women without cost-free birth control. The high court ruled 7-2 for the administration, which made a policy change to allow some employers who cite […]

Delaware judicial emergency extended for another 30 days

WILMINGTON — Delaware Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. on Monday signed an order extending the 30-day judicial emergency for a fourth time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the courts are now in the midst of a phased reopening plan, which welcomed the public back into court facilities on June 15, significant safety restrictions […]

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors’ votes

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, just under four months before the 2020 election, leaves in place laws in 32 states and the District of Columbia that bind electors to vote for the popular-vote […]

Commentary: Some questions to ask regarding Flynn’s dropped charges

By Reid K. Beveridge Answer this question if you can, or if you dare: Could it really be that Barack Obama ordered or agreed to launching a counterintelligence investigation into the presidential candidate of a major political party in the belief that the candidate was a Russian agent? Or worse: that the Obama administration actually […]

Letter to the Editor: Has slavery really been abolished?

Attorney General Kathy Jennings: Instead of turning our Department of Justice into a branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, why not strive to abolish slavery once and for all? The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution doesn’t abolish slavery; it codifies it. The 13th Amendment: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as punishment for […]

Justices keep hold on secret Russia investigation material

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is denying Congress access to secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation through the November election. The justices agreed on Thursday to hear the Trump administration’s appeal of a lower court order for the material to be turned over to the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. The […]

Appeals court panel weighs Wilmington Trust convictions

DOVER — Attorneys representing former executives for the only financial institution to be criminally charged in connection with the federal bank bailout program have asked a federal appeals court panel to overturn their convictions. Defense attorneys argued Tuesday that prosecutors had failed to prove that the former Wilmington Trust executives deliberately lied to federal regulators […]

DOJ declines prosecution of Smyrna pair on human trafficking charges

SMYRNA – Early last month, the Delaware Department of Justice ceased prosecution of two Smyrna residents charged with human trafficking following investigation into a spa business in 2019, authorities said this week. On June 3, the DOJ entered nolle prosequi requests without prejudice involving Sha L. Shen, 65, and James E. Walls, 62, essentially dismissing […]

Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion clinic law

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era. Chief Justice John Roberts and his four more liberal colleagues ruled that the law requiring doctors […]

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