Kathy McGuiness Trial

After months of waiting, McGuiness trial off to a slow start

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State prosecutors called on three witnesses Wednesday to detail Auditor Kathy McGuiness’ alleged habit of surveilling employees’ emails, as well as the lack of emails sent to and by her daughter who worked in the office, and the way a consulting group was paid. McGuiness is charged with two felonies and multiple misdemeanors alleging conflict of interest, felony theft, non-compliance …

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Prosecutors continue calling witnesses in McGuiness trial

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Prosecutors continued to call witnesses Wednesday on day two of testimony in the trial of State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness. The jury entered the courtroom more than an hour behind schedule because of technological difficulties. RELATED: Trial of Auditor Kathy McGuiness begins in Dover McGuiness sat quietly at the defense table while employees from the Department of Technology and Information detailed …

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Trial of Auditor Kathy McGuiness begins in Dover

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The trial of State Auditor Kathy McGuiness began Tuesday in Dover with both sides delivering fiery opening statements before recessing for lunch. With the jury seated, prosecutors laid out their case against the statewide-elected Democrat, arguing she is guilty of facilitating waste, fraud and abuse despite being the elected official designated to fight against those things. But high-powered defense attorney …

McGuiness lawsuit

State auditor sued by former employee, political opponent

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness is being sued by a former employee and political opponent who alleges she was wrongfully terminated. The lawsuit was filed on the same day McGuiness was set to face trial on a slew of corruption charges in Wilmington. Her trial was ultimately relocated to Kent County where it will begin Tuesday.  Kathleen Davies, a career auditor …

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McGuiness trial expected to begin Tuesday in Dover

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Jury selection in the case against State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness has been set for Monday in Kent County. Assuming jury selection goes according to plan, court officials expect opening arguments to begin Tuesday. The trial was moved from Wilmington to Dover after McGuiness’s defense attorney objected to hearing the case in a different county than the auditor’s office.  McGuiness was …

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Auditor McGuiness reindicted in Kent County

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

A Kent County grand jury on Monday re-indicted State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness after prosecutors abandoned an earlier indictment in New Castle County. McGuiness has again been charged with two felonies and three misdemeanors: Conflict of interest: Violation of the State Officials’ Code of Conduct (misdemeanor) Theft (felony) Structuring: Non-compliance with procurement law (misdemeanor) Official misconduct (misdemeanor) Intimidation (felony) McGuiness was …

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State drops McGuiness case to reindict in Kent County

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Justice will not pursue its prosecution of State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness in New Castle County, according to a spokesman for the court.  “The State has entered a Nolle Prosequi without prejudice and has indicated it will submit the case involving Kathleen McGuiness to the Kent County Grand Jury on Monday, June 6, 2022,” said Sean O’Sullivan, …

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Day 2 of McGuiness trial canceled after venue dispute

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness’s corruption trial will not begin until at least Thursday after Judge William Carpenter of the Delaware Superior Court announced Wednesday’s proceedings would be canceled.  The announcement came after McGuiness’s defense team on Tuesday asked Carpenter to dismiss the indictment altogether “based upon the State’s failure to properly allege venue,” defense attorney Steve Wood wrote in a …

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Auditor McGuiness files for re-election

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Auditor of Accounts Kathleen McGuiness Embattled State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness has filed for re-election. First elected in 2018, Delaware’s first female auditor of accounts was indicted in Oct. 2021 on a slew of felony and misdemeanor charges. McGuiness is the first statewide-elected official in Delaware history to be indicted while in office. The charges allege McGuiness broke the law by …

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Judge denies request to dismiss McGuiness charge

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware Auditor of Accounts Kathleen McGuiness walks out of the Leonard L. Williams Justice Center in Wilmington alongside her attorney, Steve Wood, after a pre-trial hearing on April 7, 2022. (Charlie Megginson, Delaware LIVE News) State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness’ request to dismiss the felony intimidation charge she faces was denied Monday. McGuiness is under indictment on a slew of felony …