DE Attorney General Kathleen Jennings

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DE State Trooper facing felony charges after doorbell prank

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware State Trooper is facing several felony charges involving a brutal assault on a teenager who targeted the trooper’s house in a prank. An indictment issued Monday against Trooper Dempsey R. Walters, 29, includes the first use by prosecutors of a new felony deprivation of civil rights law that was passed in Delaware last year. Walters, who has been suspended without pay, also is charged […]

today09/28/2023 152


Delaware justices eye vote by mail, same-day registration

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Democratic attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a judge's ruling declaring a new vote-by-mail law unconstitutional. The justices heard arguments Thursday in a lawsuit challenging both the vote-by-mail law and a new law allowing same-day registration. A Chancery Court judge last month upheld the same-day registration law. But he said the vote-by-mail law violates restrictions on absentee voting that are spelled […]

today10/07/2022 41


Judge bars enforcement of Delaware ‘ghost gun’ restrictions

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has barred Delaware from enforcing prohibitions on the manufacture and possession of homemade "ghost guns" that can't be traced by law enforcement officials because they don't have serial numbers. Friday's ruling comes in a lawsuit filed by gun-rights advocates after Democratic Gov. John Carney signed a law criminalizing the possession, manufacture and distribution of such weapons and unfinished components. The judge denied a […]

today09/26/2022 82


Fed panel: Delaware suit against oil industry is state issue

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by Delaware's attorney general seeking to hold the petroleum industry responsible for climate change effects in the state must be heard in state court instead of federal court. Wednesday's ruling also applies to a similar lawsuit filed by the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, against the fossil-fuel industry. The lawsuits were filed in state courts but […]

today08/18/2022 53


Judge dismisses Delaware AG’s suit over PCB contamination

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Superior Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Delaware's Democratic attorney general against Monsanto Co. over environmental damage from toxic chemicals known as PCBs. In recent years, PCBs have been at the center of multimillion-dollar settlements reached between Monsanto and multiple states whose waterways had been contaminated. But the Delaware judge on Monday rejected public nuisance, trespass and unjust enrichment claims that were asserted […]

today07/12/2022 53


Judge nixes Seaford town mandate to bury or cremate fetal remains

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has struck down a small town ordinance mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains. Wednesday's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Jennings against the town of Seaford. The town council passed the ordinance in December after Planned Parenthood opened a facility in Seaford, its first clinic in southern Delaware since a Rehoboth Beach location closed in 2011. The […]

today06/30/2022 64


Judge grants document production in auditor corruption case

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Delaware’s attorney general must provide the embattled state auditor with certain documents that might help support her claim that she has been targeted for selective prosecution on public corruption charges. The judge said in a ruling Wednesday that Auditor of Accounts Kathleen McGuiness had presented a “colorable basis” for a selective prosecution defense and is entitled to certain information that could […]

today04/19/2022 52


Delaware AG sues town over fetal remains ordinance

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Democratic Attorney General Kathy Jennings has filed a lawsuit challenging a small town's passage of an ordinance mandating burial or cremation of fetal remains. The Seaford Town Council passed the ordinance last month regarding the disposal of fetal remains following any abortion performed within the city limits. The move came after Planned Parenthood opened a facility in Seaford in September, its first clinic in southern […]

today01/12/2022 80


DE Attorney General: Seaford’s abortion ordinance unconstitutional

SEAFORD, Del. (AP) — the City of Seaford has passed an abortion ordinance that the state's Attorney General Kathleen Jennings has called "...unconstitutional." The News Journal reports that the Seaford City Council voted 3-2 on Tuesday in favor of the measure that requires the burial or cremation of "fetal remains" from any abortion performed in the city. Critics argue it creates barriers to abortions, but supporters say it's about the […]

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