Survey Reveals Widespread Dissatisfaction With Delaware’s Chancery Court
Breaking news folks, in a recent survey released by Slingshot Strategies LLC, confirms what I have been reporting on for years. There are a large number of Delaware voters who are dissatisfied with Andre Bouchard’s Chancery Court. Importantly, 79% of Delawareans believe Andre Bouchard should have been forced to disclose his pre-existing, 20-year BFF friendship with TransPerfect Global co-founder, Elting’s counsel, Kevin Shannon of Potter Anderson.
Additionally, the Delaware citizenry apparently agrees that conflicts of interest clearly exposed, not sealed up by a judge who could be abusing his power, in regard to the appointments of custodians. Bottom line folks, the Delaware people, in my opinion and in my assessment of these poll results, are not happy with Andre Bouchard and the rampant cronyism that has defined his tenure.
Recently, folks demanding greater transparency from Bouchard in his Chancery Court at a Bar Association Brunch were forced to leave by security, not only the event itself, but the parking lot as well. Is this the Chancellor’s latest bid to thwart activities protected by the United States Constitution?
Frankly, these poll results are unfortunately gratifying in a way because, in my opinion, a vast majority of Delawareans believe that Bouchard’s shady, illogical rulings in the TransPerfect case — supported by his former intern Leo Strine — in a nonsensical majority opinion — are improper. Our once-renowned Chancery Court is now infamous for corruption in my opinion.
Delaware, having dissipated from #1 to #11 for judicial equity in a national survey conducted last year by the United States Chamber of Commerce — is losing corporations to Nevada because many business people are concerned about potential subjective rulings coming out of Delaware’s Chancery Court these days?
Yes folks, having watched Chancellor Bouchard very closely from the time he was appointing various people to the Deputy of the Register of Wills job (before he found one that could actually do the job), having read all the transcripts from the TransPerfect case, and having interviewed many people, I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt, the longer Bouchard holds office, the worse off Delaware will be.
Please read the article below published by Yahoo Finance, citing “widespread dissatisfaction” with Bouchard’s Chancery Court.
A recent poll shows that Delaware voters align with Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware in their crusade for transparency in the Delaware Chancery Court
DOVER, Del., June 24, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — A staggering amount of Delaware citizens have expressed dissatisfaction with the Chancery Court’s proposed reforms and the state government’s transparency, according to a recent survey.
The survey, released in April by Slingshot Strategies, LLC., noted 79% of Delawarevoters and 77% of registered Democrats demand judges to disclose relationships with lawyers. In addition, about 70% of both Delaware voters and registered Democrats propose custodians to disclose conflicts of interests to the general public. The sweeping support for additional disclosure from the Chancery Court is heavily linked to the overwhelming frustration citizens have for the state government.
According to the survey, 92% of voters agree that the state government is dishonest and 58% believe it is nearly impossible to hold local politicians accountable for their actions. Almost 50% feel helpless in the fight for their voices and concerns to be addressed, due to political bias and nepotism in Delaware politics.
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware have demanded more transparency, equity, accountability and freedom of speech from the Chancery Court, only to be denied such basic Constitutional rights. On June 14, 2019, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware volunteers were forcibly removed from the Delaware Chancery Court after using their First Amendment rights to request transparency. While the group was denied the right to distribute information to those most closely associated with the Court system, Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware will continue to bring their push for accountability to the residents of Delaware through media advertisements in the News Journal, as well as other local media.
Influential leaders such as Chancellor Bouchard halt Delaware Chancery Court reform and Delaware’s reputation as a hub for headquarters and businesses are being negatively affected. Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is committed to exposing the clandestine processes of Delaware’s Chancery Court. “The long-standing corruption and white washing of justice in the Delaware Chancery Court is abhorrent and unethical,” said Miranda Wessinger, president of the Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware. “The citizens of Delaware deserve transparency and accountability from local political leaders. Our efforts to serve the Delaware people will not be impeded, regardless of the bureaucratic push back. We are determined to keep Delaware’s reputation as a thriving and profitable business state.”
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware is a group made up of more than 2,700 members including employees of the global translation services company TransPerfect, as well as concerned Delaware residents, business executives and others. They formed in April of 2016 to focus on raising awareness with Delaware residents, elected officials, and other stakeholders about the issue.
While their primary goal of saving the company has been accomplished, they continue their efforts to fight for more transparency in the Delaware Chancery Court. For more information on Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware or to join the cause, visit DelawareForBusiness.org.