Who is Really in Charge of Delaware’s Chancery Court ?


Dear Friends,

Last week I wrote about the “Citizens for Pro-Business Delaware” (CPBD) ad attacking big law firm Skadden Arps for ethical breaches and lack of diversity. CPBD also ran an ad that I wrote about, pointing out the lack of transparency in the Chancery Court and the many conflicts of interest. I want you to see one of the ads I did not write about, which ran in the Delaware News Journal. I think it underlines all that is wrong with the Chancery Court and the conflicts of interest and how tangled our web really is in Delaware. In my educated opinion, it is these conflicts and associations that make Delaware a suspect place to do business and makes so many of us ask whether Delaware judges can really render fair opinions in their court when the court community is so close-knit and seemingly incestuous.

It is time for new laws and rules requiring all judges and attorneys to disclose their relationships BEFORE a case starts so that every side has an opportunity to get a fair shake. Transparency is greatly needed if our great State is to thrive.

Look at the ad below and tell me what you think?! After I saw it, I asked myself, who’s really in charge of our court system in Delaware?

Curiously 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.