Category Archives: Sheriff

** UPDATE ** Smith v. SPCA

By: Wolf von Baumgart, Staff Writer A judicial gag order has been issued on all parties concerned in the case of litigation of John "Jake" and Nancy Smith (plaintiffs) against Delaware Animal Care and Control, filed in Delaware Superior Court over possible illegal impoundment of their dog, "Millie" under guise of authority. Attorney John Brady, representing the Smiths contends that the 1981 state statute that excluded Sheriffs and Sheriff's Deputies from certification as police offices by the Delaware Council on Police Training also did not include animal control officers as police officers. The litigation essentially argues that only sworn and certified police officers can legally execute arrest and search and seizure warrants under the present Delaware Code, Title 11, Chapter 19. Both Kent and Sussex Counties have contracted animal control services with the First State Animal Read more

Conservative of the Year: Jeff Christopher

Whether one agrees or disagrees with Sheriff Jeff Christopher, he has captured the attention of the public and the ire of the establishment based upon a simple proposition, following the Constitution. His cause has gotten national attention, a hearing before the State Supreme Court which was less interested in the meaning of the state constitution than protecting the racket of the abuse of power that comes by allowing a government of men not law. State Treasurer Chip Flowers has discovered the same issue as he stood up for the Constitutional imperatives associated with his office. The courts here care more about case law than constitutional law and more about custom than tradition and common law. Obviously, a government that can nullify the Constitution by simple statue to the point of eviscerating a constitutional officer of his fundamental powers and duties, has the power to do anything Read more

Why We Need The Elected Offices Of Sheriff and Inspector General

The Office of Sheriff is a long established office in Delaware that has its roots in Delaware's Constitution. Article XV Section 1 states: The chancellor, Judges and Attorney General shall be conservators of the peace throughout the state, and the Sheriffs shall be conservators of the peace within the counties respectively in which they reside. Although Delaware does not have an Inspector General, there should be a movement to create this elected position. Most states do have this position as a safeguard against corruption in their states. The Sheriff's Office was the only law enforcement entity in each county until the state police was created by Delaware in the 1920's with a charter which stated, the Delaware State Police would have powers similar to those of the Sheriffs. In short both of these offices are elected by the people and for the people and are not controlled by the Read more