Two Delaware branches are missing and one is unconstitutional

An open letter to the General Assembly and Judiciary of Delaware: Where has our state government gone? The executive branch has shut down the two remaining constitutionally mandated legislative and judicial branches. Our governor, his lordship, is unchallenged in his authority. The governor has no constitutional authority and no legal control of the legislative and […]

Barr to prosecutors: Look for unconstitutional virus rules

WASHINGTON— Attorney General William Barr on Monday ordered federal prosecutors across the U.S. to identify coronavirus-related restrictions from state and local governments “that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” The memo to U.S. attorneys directs the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division and the U.S. attorney for […]

Judge tosses most claims in suit by ex-death row inmate

DOVER — A federal judge has dismissed most claims in a lawsuit filed by a former Delaware death row inmate who was acquitted of all charges after being retried for a drug-related killing. Isaiah McCoy claimed in the lawsuit that he was wrongfully and maliciously investigated, prosecuted and incarcerated. The judge on Tuesday granted motions […]

Delaware courts face challenge to move wheels of justice

WILMINGTON — The wheels of justice can turn slowly, but never more than now. With courts closed through May 14, some trials – judge only or by jury – are idle, others involve uncertain launch dates due to COVID-19. Justice is still being served via electronic filings and video court conferences, all with the aim […]

Judge orders regulators to turn over documents in Mountaire lawsuit

DOVER — A judge has rejected an effort by state environmental regulators to dodge subpoenas in a lawsuit involving wastewater violations by a southern Delaware poultry processor. The judge on Tuesday rejected arguments by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control that information being sought could be withheld under Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act […]

Court rejects appeal in soccer tournament shootings

Supreme by .

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

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

gavel by .

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 […]

WP RSS Plugin on WordPress