Slights’ Retirement Puts Spotlight on Chancery Court Corruption, Like We Saw with TransPerfect Case

OPINION

Dear Friends,

I wrote last month about the sad day for Delaware’s Chancery Court, as Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights announced his retirement. He served as a voice of reason among unjust judges including Andre Boucahrd and Leo Strine. The Good Ole Boys” cronyism and corruption in our Chancery Court, in my view, reared its head in the ugliest of ways during the TransPerfect case. I reached out to folks at the company to hear their thoughts on what Slights did for the company in recent years.

Here’s their response from a minority senior executive, who spoke to me under the condition of anonymity:

“TransPerfect and its employees thanks Justice Slights for his public service, and the work he did when employed by TransPerfect founders, in trying to prevent Chancellor Bouchard’s illegal takeover of the company. After the takeover, the company feels it was a victim of severe racism by Bouchard, the Chancery Court and its agents, like (Robert) Pincus and Skadden Arps – and we encourage Governor John Carney to change the all-white court by appointing a person of color to fill the vacancy created by the departure of VC Slights. Delaware should know, TransPerfect will never stop fighting for Justice, and to clear its name from Bouchard’s farcical and corrupt lies.”

I’m for fair, equal treatment for all. Going forward, the court needs a person with integrity like Slights, otherwise Delaware is worse off.

Please send your feedback on what this means for Delaware, folks. It’s always welcome.

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.