Looking Ahead at Dicey Future For Delaware’s Chancery Court: More Delaware Way Cronyism?

OPINION

Dear Friends,

After the departure of Chancery Court Chancellor Andre Bouchard, I want to look ahead towards what the future will bring for Delaware’s Courts. I wonder if this iceberg can be turned around or moved in any way, after many years of the “Delaware Way’s operation of cronyism and favoritism. Honestly, folks, my concern is that the corruption is too deep and entrenched in the established “Delaware Way” system.

To look at the other side, my hope would be for a return to being a respected and viable institution that dispenses objective equity without bias and the appearances of impropriety, which I observed under Andre Bouchard’s suspect leadership.

While veteran Vice Chancellor Travis Laster who has, in my view, operated with objectivity will most likely be reappointed, there are indeed other issues. My concern is the team at the top of the Chancery Court in Delaware, as the system is so infected with the ”Delaware Way” of bias, favoritism and cronyism that things may remain the same. There is much that remains suspect and I am going to be watching carefully.

A fish rots from the head down, as they say. Delaware Governor John Carney is the head of the problem in Delaware and should guide the Court’s future toward a policy that will enhance, rather than hinder Delaware’s incorporation industry. I do believe Laster’s reappointment to his second term, by the way, will definitely happen and his conservative, objective values, will be an asset to a potentially better court.

I am hopeful for change but skeptical that the “Delaware Way” can or will change. Stay tuned, as things develop in Delaware accordingly!

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.