Delaware auditor’s trial date set for Tuesday, June 14
Barring additional last-minute detours, a Kent County jury will hear evidence in Delaware Auditor Kathy McGuiness’ criminal bribery case beginning Tuesday.
The date was finalized and announced Thursday following the delay in trial proceedings that were originally scheduled for New Castle County last week.
McGuiness, an all-state elected official and Democrat, is charged with multiple public corruption offenses as well as two felonies. Prosecutors say she gave her daughter a small job in the auditor’s office, rigged payments for a state contract to avoid regulatory scrutiny and intimidated those who questioned her behavior.
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She pleaded not guilty and, in pretrial motions through an attorney, called the prosecution unfairly targeting her for conduct that is common in state government and not illegal.
His trial should have already been underway had it not been for a last minute change of venue from New Castle County to South Kent County.
On the day the trial was due to start last week, her attorney, Steve Wood, told the court he was going to ask for the charges to be dismissed based on the fact that she was charged in New Castle County, but all of the alleged criminal acts occurred outdoors. of this county.
Prosecutors argued that because she is a statewide elected official, she could have been charged and then tried in any of the state’s three counties.
Judge William C. Carpenter warned prosecutors they risked having the entire case thrown out on technical whereabouts reasons, prompting prosecutors to re-indict the case in Kent County, where the state offices are located. from McGuiness, Monday.
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Since then, Wood has attempted to have the judge move the case back to New Castle County for his client’s convenience. Prosecutors objected, saying they had already made rearrangements to present their case in Kent County, according to correspondence between the parties.
The judge apparently sided with prosecutors as the courts announced the new Kent County trial date. A jury will be selected on Monday and, assuming it goes as planned, prosecutors will begin presenting their case on Tuesday.
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