Court of Common Pleas chief judge retiring in May

WILMINGTON — Court of Common Pleas Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls has informed Gov. John Carney that he plans to step down from the bench effective May 1, according to a state news release. “I am honored and humbled to have been given the opportunity to serve the citizens of Delaware as a Judge for […]

Head of Chancery Court to retire

DOVER — Andre Bouchard, the leading member of the Delaware Court of Chancery, announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of April. Gov. John Carney, with the help of a special committee of legal experts, will pick a replacement next year. Chancellor Bouchard, who spent 34 years in the field of corporate law, made […]

Legal challenge to judicial balance law dismissed by Supreme Court

DOVER — The nation’s top court Thursday rejected a challenge to a Delaware law requiring the courts to be politically balanced, partially overturning a lower court’s decision. The Supreme Court, which heard arguments on the case in October, ruled 8-0 that the plaintiff lacked standing and thus dismissed the case. At issue was language in […]

Hunter Biden facing federal investigation over ‘tax affairs’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s son Hunter said Wednesday that he is facing a federal investigation into his taxes, putting a renewed spotlight on the questions about his financial dealings that dogged his father’s campaign. Federal investigators served a round of subpoenas on Tuesday, including to Hunter Biden, according to a person familiar with […]

High court rejects GOP bid to halt Biden’s Pennsylvania win

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Republicans’ last-gasp bid to reverse Pennsylvania’s certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the electoral battleground. The court without comment refused to call into question the certification process in Pennsylvania. Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf already has certified Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump and the state’s […]

Appeals court rejects Trump challenge of Pennsylvania race

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — President Donald Trump’s legal team suffered yet another defeat in court Friday as a federal appeals court in Philadelphia roundly rejected the campaign’s latest effort to challenge the state’s election results. Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court despite the judges’ assessment that the “campaign’s claims have no merit.” “Free, […]

High court blocks NY virus limits on houses of worship

WASHINGTON (AP) — With coronavirus cases surging again nationwide, the Supreme Court barred New York from enforcing certain limits on attendance at churches and synagogues in areas designated as hard hit by the virus. The justices split 5-4 late Wednesday night, with new Justice Amy Coney Barrett in the majority. It was the conservative’s first […]

Haas child-endangerment case transferred to Delaware Superior Court

DOVER — Details remained sparse Friday as the case of a former Smyrna resident charged after a child’s remains were found last year was transferred to Superior Court. After Brandon L. Haas, 38, waived his preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas, a Delaware Department of Justice motion to close the courtroom was approved […]

Delaware AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse election directive

WILMINGTON – Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Friday called on U.S. Attorney General William Barr to reverse his change to a 40-year-old U.S. Department of Justice policy that until this week had kept the department from interfering with election results, according to a news release. In a letter to AG Barr, AG Jennings and […]

Republicans face election court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work for President Donald Trump’s campaign withdrew from a major Pennsylvania case. The legal blows began when a federal appeals court rejected an effort to block […]