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Mail-in voting ruling on hold pending Supreme Court appeal

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Department of Elections will be allowed to continue processing mail-in voting applications and preparing ballots while it appeals last week’s Chancery Court decision rendering the new law unconstitutional. The department will not be allowed to mail ballots to voters. In a letter opinion Monday, Vice Chancellor Nathan Cook granted the Department of Elections’ request to stay his ruling …

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Randy Holland, retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice, dies at 75

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Retired Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland has died. He was 75.  Holland was appointed and reappointed to the Delaware Supreme Court by three different governors and served with four different chief justices during his tenure on the bench.  At his appointment to the state’s Supreme Court in 1986 by Gov. Mike Castle, Holland became the youngest person ever …

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Delaware courts’ diversity plan supports law school at DSU

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The Delaware Supreme Court will begin considering the 50 suggestions in a new report on increasing diversity on state courts. The Delaware courts’ new report on improving diversity includes 50 action points that stretch from pre-college years through promoting diversity recruitment for judicial positions in a variety of ways. It never alludes to the Delaware Way or a good old …

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New court rule allows non-lawyers to represent tenants in eviction proceedings

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Supreme Court has adopted a new rule that will allow residential tenants to be represented by non-lawyer, qualified tenant advocates in eviction proceedings.  Supreme Court Rule 57 has long permitted the representation of landlords and landlord entities by non-lawyer agents in eviction proceedings but it does not permit the same for tenants.  With the adoption of Rule 57.1, …

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Senate cancels session, asks former judge for advice on ousting McGuiness

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Democratic Party legislators have asked former Superior Court Judge Randy Holland, right, to help it determine how to handle the case of state Auditor Kathleen McGuiness. The State Senate has canceled today’s special session.  The session would have brought senators to Legislative Hall to consider a resolution asking the Delaware Supreme Court to provide guidance on the General Assembly’s authority …

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Senate to meet Tuesday to seek advice on removing McGuiness

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

    UPDATE: The Senate canceled its session and will seek advice. The State Senate will convene Tuesday to consider a resolution requesting the Delaware Supreme Court issue an advisory opinion on the General Assembly’s authority to remove beleaguered State Auditor Kathy McGuiness.  They will convene at 4 p.m. and the proceedings will be live-streamed on the General Assembly website.  …

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Pro-Business Delaware launches $550,000 ad urging diversity on courts

Betsy Price Headlines

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is spending more than $550,000 on a television advertising campaign in which the Rev. Al Sharpton criticizes the lack of diversity on Delaware courts. The organization, said to be founded by employees of a company whose owners were angry over their treatment in Delaware’s Chancery Court, comes after organizers of Delaware’s Bench and Bar Judicial …

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Newark pastor unhappy to be denied meeting on court Diversity Project

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

Pastor Blaine Hackett, right, leads an April 15 protest march for diversity on the Chancery Court.   A Newark minister upset that he and the Rev. Al Sharpton were denied a meeting to weigh in on the Delaware Bench and Bar Diversity Project says he fears that it will be another example of the good old boys making decisions. “These …