Andre Bouchard and Leo Strine, Top two Delaware Jurists Leave Their Posts Very Early—More Rumors and Speculation

OPINION

 

Dear Friends,

 

Having observed and analyzed the methods of the Delaware Court operations of both Andre Bouchard and Leo Strine, in my view, especially in Delaware’s now famous TransPerfect case, it’s easy to see why both have left or are set to leave their government-appointed posts well before their terms were up. Bouchard’s subjectivity, open bias, and appearances of impropriety made him clearly suspect to me. Strine’s obtuseness and arrogance during the appeal stimulated the same concern in my gut as I felt about Bouchard.

 

The way the TransPerfect case was handled was unusual and left many observers queasy. Indeed, huge amounts of money were paid out and there is doubt in many eyes as to the legitimacy of everything that happened. Actions speak loudly. And here we are now, with two of the most powerful men in our court system, resigned and resigning. That has to be unsettling for those who remain in power as to who could be next? 

 

There is much speculation and rumor as to the real reasons why Strine left and Bouchard is leaving. The Delaware Way is always at work and the official state government proclamations and reasons have been established.

 

Those of us who have followed these men and their cases, wonder if both Strine and Bouchard are smugly laughing at the system? Are both a lot richer coming out of this Delaware-insider, Good Ole Boy system? We may never know. We can demand that our state representatives appoint a new Chancellor with logical understanding of the law, based on objectivity and free of conflicts of interest.

 

Change is needed in the law in regard to Delaware’s judicial operation, especially in the Chancery Court and the appeals that are considered thereafter. Now with Bouchard and Stine out of the way, change is sure to come. Will it be change for the better? We must ensure that it is for our state and our citizens to once again prosper and lead as America’s First State!

 

As always, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.

 

Respectfully yours,

 

JUDSON Bennett-Coastal Network

 

About Judson Bennett

Captain A. Judson Bennett was a life- long resident of Lewes, DE. He served the maritime industry for 33 years, primarily as a Delaware River Pilot, guiding large ships to the Port of Philadelphia. Captain Bennett has been an active and consistent entrepreneur over the years.

He was elected as a Lewes City Councilman for 6 years. Afterwards he ran for the Sussex County Council as a Republican, and with 20 thousand people voting, lost Delaware’s closest election by 3 votes to an 8 year incumbent. Abandoning his personal political ambitions, he became the Republican District leader, advocating conservative values. Captain Bennett became a lobbyist in the state legislature advocating among many ideas, financial literacy concepts in education. He managed several political campaigns, including one for Governor of Delaware and one for the US Senate against VP Joe Biden. He is now the owner, operator, and writer for the Coastal Network which communicates regularly with over 6000 people throughout the State of Delaware.

Captain Bennett is a graduate of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown, DE (where the movie “The Dead Poet’s Society was filmed) and also graduated “Magna Cum Laude” from the University of Delaware with a BA in Criminal Justice and an MA in Liberal Studies.

He is now a Widower, living in West Palm Beach, Florida. Captain Bennett has one son, three grandchildren, and one great grand-daughter, all who live in Richmond, Virginia.