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Sussex County Sheriff Christopher loses before Del. Supreme Court

As expected, Delaware Supreme Court Justices upheld a Superior Court ruling, affirming the constitutionality of House Bill 325, intended to clarify the power of county sheriffs.

Bottom line: Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher doesn't have the arrest powers he has claimed, at least not in the eyes of the Delaware Supreme Court.

It just seems Sheriff Christopher has picked the wrong state if he desires a sheriff's office with such powers.

Here's the Delaware Supreme Court's judgment...


http://www.courts.delaware.gov/opinions/download.aspx?ID=195770

Posted at 2:20pm on October 7, 2013 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

kavips
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 3:47pm
Glad that is done. Of course every saw it coming but him.

kavips
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 4:09pm
Looks like nature is backing Christopher up... The weather report was originally full of bluster and threats, and with only 55 minutes to go till the end of the watch, we've gotten 0.1 of an inch in tiny sprinkles... Did anywhere get hit hard by this line of storms passing us by? Or was the whole state, given a brush-by as was Christopher, full of the sound and fury, but... signifying nothing?

mrpizza
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 8:44pm
I'll never figure out why a law enforcement officer doesn't have the authority to enforce the law. Seems self-defeating to me.

kavips
Mon, Oct 7, 2013 11:22pm
Pizza. That's because his position is to serve documents, that is all. "Your papers, sir." "Oh, why thank you."

Mike from Delaware
Tue, Oct 8, 2013 8:09am
So unlike the wild west where the Sheriff WAS the law, or Andy of Mayberry [in the South], with his side kick Barney Fife, our sheriffs in Delaware are not technically law enforcement, just paper shufflers.

So If Jeff Christopher wants to get to arrest folks like Barney always wanted to do [I got one Ange], or be able to draw his gun or taser, he'll have to become a town, city, county, or state policeman.

In fairness to Jeff Christopher, I could understand his confusion. But the state Supremes have ruled, so now there's no confusion. Maybe they should give that job a title other than Sheriff.

It would be interesting to dig up Delaware history to find out when the Sheriff stopped being law-enforcement and only a paper-shuffler.


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