Trial begins for Dover man in fatal shooting of Clayton man

DOVER — Did Timothy L. Safford try to protect his longtime friend from trouble before a fatal shooting at Liberty Court Apartments two years ago? Or did the 44-year-old first-degree murder defendant discharge the rounds that felled Sylvester Lee on June 22, 2018? Opposing attorneys presented mostly diverging accounts during opening statements Tuesday afternoon in […]

State drops opposition to Del. school funding suit depositions

DOVER — Attorneys for Gov. John Carney have dropped their opposition to Delaware’s education secretary and budget director being deposed in a lawsuit alleging the state is failing to provide adequate educational opportunities for disadvantaged students. A judge had planned to hear arguments Thursday on a requested protective order preventing Education Secretary Susan Bunting and […]

Carney nominates vice chancellor

DOVER — Gov. John Carney on Friday announced the nomination of Paul Fioravanti Jr. to the Court of Chancery. A Wilmington native, he has worked at the Delaware law firm Prickett, Jones & Elliott P.A. since 1999. There, he focuses on corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, fiduciary duty obligations, corporate governance and LLC litigation. […]

Trailblazing justice, 38, reflects on joining Delaware’s highest court

DOVER — A young Tamika Montgomery-Reeves couldn’t have predicted the path she would take to becoming a judge. But today, she is the newest member of the state’s highest court, as well as the first black justice in the body’s history. It’s all part of a very rapid rise for the 38-year-old, who is believed […]

Manafort’s NY fraud case tossed over double jeopardy concern

NEW YORK — A New York judge threw out state mortgage fraud charges against Paul Manafort, ruling Wednesday that the criminal case was too similar to one that has already landed President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman in federal prison. The ruling was a blow to what had widely been seen as an attempt by […]

Judge: McGahn must comply with House subpoena

WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress in a setback to President Donald Trump’s effort to keep his top aides from testifying. The outcome could lead to renewed efforts by House Democrats to compel testimony from other high-ranking officials, including former national security adviser John […]

Letter to the Editor; Family Court amendment not being upheld

The commentary dated Tuesday, Nov. 12, “Action needed by all to begin real reforms” by Republican House Minority Leader Danny Short and Republican House Minority Whip Tim Dukes proposed constitutional amendments as a solution to Delaware’s wayward legislative governance. Before proceeding on the laborious legislative course of amendments, they should both review the effectiveness of […]

Ex-Baltimore Mayor Pugh faces fraud, tax charges

BALTIMORE — The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was charged Wednesday with fraud and tax evasion involving sales of her self-published children’s books to non-profits and foundations that did business with the government. An 11-count federal indictment accuses Catherine Pugh of arranging fraudulent sales of her “Healthy Holly” books to schools, libraries and a medical […]

Trump asks Supreme Court to block subpoena for his taxes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is asking the Supreme Court to block a subpoena for his tax returns, in a test of the president’s ability to defy investigations. The filing Thursday sets the stage for a high court showdown over the tax returns Trump has refused to release. The justices also could weigh in more […]

Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook shooting lawsuit go forward

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people. The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law […]