Del. Court to Hear Arguments Over Sheriff Powers - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Del. Court to Hear Arguments Over Sheriff Powers

Posted:
Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher

DOVER, Del. (AP)- Delaware's Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments in an appeal by the Sussex County sheriff of a court ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have police powers.

In a letter to attorneys late last week, the court said all five justices will hear arguments on Sept. 11.

Sheriff Jeff Christopher argues that he is embodied with police powers by Delaware's constitution, which names sheriffs, along with other officials, as "conservators of the peace."

But a Superior Court judge ruled in March that the constitution does not enumerate any powers for sheriffs, and that courts have used common law to define such powers.

The judge said the General Assembly was within its powers in passing a law last year barring sheriffs and their deputies in Delaware from making arrests.

 

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delmar Man Gets 75 Years for Murder

    Delmar Man Gets 75 Years for Murder

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:07 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:07:17 GMT
    A Delmar man convicted of second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred last year was sentenced to 75 years in prison Thursday, according to the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office.More
    A Delmar man convicted of second-degree murder in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred last year was sentenced to 75 years in prison Thursday, according to the Wicomico County State's Attorney's Office. More
  • Suspects Arrested in Connection to Rehoboth Purse Snatching

    Suspects Arrested in Connection to Rehoboth Purse Snatching

    Thursday, April 24 2014 12:05 PM EDT2014-04-24 16:05:23 GMT
    Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with a purse snatching at the Outlets in Rehoboth Beach.More
    Delaware State Police have arrested two people in connection with a purse snatching at the Outlets in Rehoboth Beach.More
  • Postal Workers Union to Protest Staples Program

    Postal Workers Union to Protest Staples Program

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:11 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:11:01 GMT
    Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.Thursday's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states, including a rally in Dover, Del.More
    Thousands of postal workers around the country are expected to protest the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with retail employees.Thursday's protests are planned at 50 locations in 27 states, including a rally in Dover, Del.
    More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service