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Longest-serving Superior Court judge to retire

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s longest-serving Superior Court judge will retire after 30 years on the bench, court administrators announced Wednesday. Judge William Carpenter Jr. will step down Dec. 31, 2022, he said in a letter to Gov. John Carney in October. “While it is always difficult to walk away from a job that you have found so rewarding, my time has come,” Carpenter …

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Advocacy group presses Carney to appoint judge of color

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A political advocacy group and Rev. Al Sharpton on Monday once again urged Gov. John Carney to fill two upcoming vacancies on the state Supreme Court with justices of color. Citizens for Judicial Fairness often works with Sharpton on the issue, which morphed out of the advocacy group’s original focus on Delaware’s Court of Chancery. Justice James T. Vaughn Jr. …

Delaware Supreme Court Justice James T. Vaughn

Longtime Delaware Supreme Court justice to retire

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s second longest-serving Supreme Court justice will retire in May 2023. Justice James T. Vaughn, Jr., 73, announced his decision Tuesday. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve since 1998 as a Superior Court judge and Supreme Court Justice,” Vaughn said in a letter to Gov. John Carney. “I will always appreciate the memories of working with …

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McGuiness deserves to be behind bars, prosecutors say

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

If prosecutors have their way, state Auditor Kathy McGuiness will see prison time for her misdemeanor corruption convictions. McGuiness is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after being found guilty in July of official misconduct and conflict of interest stemming from her decision to hire her daughter to work in the auditor’s office. The jury acquitted McGuiness of charges of theft …

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$200,000 drive to pressure Carney to appoint Black judge

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A nonprofit formed in the bitter aftermath of a Delaware court decision is launching a $200,000-plus campaign to push Gov. John Carney to appoint a Black judge to Delaware Supreme Court. Citizens for Judicial Fairness — unless recently known as Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware — wants Carney to name a Black judge to replace Supreme Court Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves. …

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Carney’s Chancery Court nomination draws fire from activists

Betsy Price Economy, Headlines

    Gov. John Carney on Friday nominated Wilmington lawyer Nathan A. Cook to serve on the Delaware Court of Chancery. He also nominated Kelly Hicks Sheridan to serve as a commissioner for the Family Court in New Castle County. Cook, managing partner of Block & Leviton’s Delaware office, was chosen to replace Joseph R. Slights III, who retired in …

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Pro-business group rebrands to focus on judicial fairness

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware will announce that it is rebranding during a Tuesday rally designed to pressure Gov. John Carney to appoint a Black justice to Chancery Court. The group’s name will change to Citizens for Judicial Fairness, to reflect its growth into an organization with a national focus in highlighting gaps in representation and fighting for equity …

Carney appoints Black woman to New Castle Superior Court

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney will nominate a black lawyer to the Superior Court in New Castle County, one day after the first Black woman was confirmed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Patricia A. Winston, a partner at Morris James in Wilmington since 2017, focused on a range of corporate and commercial issues. The Delaware Senate is expected to consider her …

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 …

Business group launches campaign to see Black Chancery judge

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

This screen grab is from the Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware television ad.   A $350,000 television ad campaign featuring Martin Luther King III, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Newark Pastor Pastor Blaine Hackett will call for a Black judge to be appointed to Delaware’s Chancery Court. The ad campaign, by Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware, will be part of …