Court rejects appeal in soccer tournament shootings

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DOVER — Delaware’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by one of two gang members convicted of murder in a soccer tournament shooting that left three people dead. The court affirmed a Superior Court judge’s finding that Jeffrey Phillips had failed to show that his trial lawyer was ineffective. The justices also upheld the […]

Sussex County Family Court Courthouse employee does not have coronavirus

GEORGETOWN — A court employee sickened by an illness believed to possibly be coronavirus has been found not to have the virus. The courts said the individual, who was transported to a medical facility in an ambulance Friday morning after feeling ill, was affected by an unrelated medical issue. The fear of coronavirus prompted the […]

Supreme Court will decide the fate of Obama health care law

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, but the decision is not likely until after the 2020 election. The court said it would hear an appeal by 20 mainly Democratic states of a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and […]

Commentary: Overturning Citizens United ruling is the right thing to do

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By Judith A. Butler The Delaware General Assembly is preparing to vote on SCR 72, a resolution that calls on the U.S. Congress to pass an amendment to the U.S. Constitution and send it to the states for ratification. The amendment would reverse the Supreme Court’s disastrous, 5-4 Citizens United vs FEC (2010) decision that […]

Ex-DSU employee convicted on federal bribe charges

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WILMINGTON — A former Delaware State University associate registrar was sentenced to 15 months incarceration for accepting tuition-related bribes, officials announced Thursday. David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, cited court documents and statements that Crystal Martin between 2013 and 2017 accepted bribes from co-defendant Stephen Williams to change the registration […]

Trump commutes former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich’s sentence

CHICAGO — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, calling the sentence “ridiculous.” Blagojevich was convicted of political corruption just months after he appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, “Celebrity Apprentice.” Blagojevich, who hails from a state with a long history of pay-to-play schemes, is expected […]

Dover businessman sentenced to federal prison for tax fraud

WILMINGTON — David C. Weiss, United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, announced that Peter Coker, 50, of Dover was sentenced Friday in federal court in Delaware to 21 months in prison for willfully failing to pay over $1.1 million in payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. According to court documents and statements […]

Avenatti convicted of trying to extort Nike

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned Friday by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-week trial in which prosecutors said Avenatti threatened to […]

US closes case against ex-FBI boss McCabe with no charges

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors have declined to charge former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, closing an investigation into whether he lied to federal officials about his involvement in a news media disclosure, McCabe’s legal team said Friday. The decision resolves a criminal investigation that spanned more than a year and began with a referral from […]

Barr: Trump tweets on cases make it ‘impossible’ to do job

WASHINGTON – Attorney General William Barr took a public swipe at President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying that the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.” Barr made the comment during an interview with ABC News just days after his Justice Department overruled its own […]