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 […]

Justices take up high-profile case over young immigrants

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is taking up the Trump administration’s plan to end legal protections that shield 660,000 immigrants from deportation, a case with strong political overtones amid the 2020 presidential election campaign. All eyes will be on Chief Justice John Roberts when the court hears arguments Tuesday. Roberts is the conservative justice closest […]

Senate confirms chief justice and first black justice

DOVER — The Senate on Thursday confirmed two new members of the Supreme Court, including the 10th chief justice and first black judge in the court’s 68 years. Senators unanimously approved the nominations of current Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. to head the five-member court and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to fill his seat as […]

Jury deliberations begin in West trial

DOVER — A Kent County jury this morning will begin determining the fate of a 54-year-old man accused of murder after a shooting at Towne Point Elementary School last year. While Rodney West was charged with first-degree murder following a deadly confrontation on Aug. 28, 2018, actions by the late Derrick Combs, 39, were much […]

Federal judge blocks Alabama’s tough abortion law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama’s near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month, saying the law, part of wave of abortion restrictions by conservative states, is clearly unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an expected preliminary injunction blocking Alabama from enforcing the law that would make performing an abortion […]

Jury selection begins in Dover murder trial

DOVER — The murder trial of a 54-year-old Dover man connected to an after-hours shooting at a school last year is set for jury selection this morning. Rodney West fatally shot a man when confronted on Aug. 28, 2019 just after his custodial work shift ended at Towne Point Elementary School, and claimed self defense […]

Commentary: Police chief controversy shows racial healing still needed in Dover

The city of Dover once again finds itself at the center of a controversy having to do with race. A distinguished, long-serving Caucasian police officer claims in a recently filed lawsuit that he was unfairly passed over for the chief of police position when it came open in 2017; the position subsequently went to an […]

Carney makes Supreme Court picks

DOVER — Gov. John Carney announced Thursday he plans to nominate Justice Collins J. Seitz Jr. to the post of chief justice and Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to fill his seat. The Senate is expected to consider both nominations in a special session Nov. 7. Justice Seitz would be the ninth chief justice since the […]

Speak Out: Sussex DUI court?

A Sunday story reported that while Sussex County has about 40 percent the population that New Castle does, it was the scene of more arrests in 2017-18. More than 84 percent of DUI dismissals came in Sussex County Court of Common Pleas. The Department of Justice believes a specialized DUI court is needed in Sussex, […]

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