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 […]

As COVID cases rise, White House seeks to scrap ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON — As coronavirus cases rise in more than half of the states, the Trump administration is urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act. The administration’s high court filing at 10:30 p.m. Thursday came the same day the government reported that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance […]

Justices rule for Trump administration in deportation case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. The high court’s 7-2 ruling applies to people who are picked up at or near the border and who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible […]

Appeals court orders dismissal of Flynn prosecution

WASHINGTON— A federal appeals court on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, avoiding a protracted legal fight that would have delved deeper into the reasoning for the Justice Department’s extraordinary decision to drop the prosecution. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the […]

Delaware declines group’s donation of 4,600 masks, latest step in bizarre feud

DOVER — Delaware turned down an offer of several thousand masks from a private organization earlier this spring, believing the offer was not made in “good faith,” according to Gov. John Carney. Asked during a news conference Tuesday about an attempted donation of 4,600 protective masks from Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, the governor acknowledged […]

Delaware courts to close for Juneteenth

Chief Justice Collins J. Seitz, Jr. announced the Delaware Courts will be closed today, June 19 in honor of Juneteenth. The Delaware Judiciary action follows the announcement by Gov. John Carney on Thursday that government offices in the State of Delaware will be closed in recognition of Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of the last […]