$150 Million Multistate Settlement in Principle With Opioid Manufacturer to Help Combat Opioid Crisis

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Attorney General¬†Kathy Jennings¬†announced today a $150 million multistate settlement in principle with opioid manufacturer Hikma Pharmaceuticals (Hikma) for its role in fueling the opioid crisis. Hikma produces a range of branded and generic opioid products and sells hundreds of millions of opioid doses every year.¬†According to the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, from 2006¬†to 2021, Hikma…

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AG Jennings Announces DE Violent Crime Rates at Lowest Level

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings today announced that Delaware law enforcement’s focus on violent criminals and gun offenders has brought the First State’s violent crime rates to their lowest point since the State began tracking the that statistic. A 40% decline since 2008. During a public safety briefing Jennings thanked the DOJ prosecutors and support…

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Investor Protection Unit Puts Pig Butchers on Ice – AGAIN

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings is warning Delawareans about cryptocurrency scam.¬† Full text from release from AG Jennings:¬† The Investor Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice has issued a Summary Order to Cease and Desist against respondents linked to a cryptocurrency scam known as the ‚Äúpig butchering scam.‚ÄĚ A twist on the typical…

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Former Seaford HS Employee Indicted for Child Sexual Abuse

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A Sussex County jury has indicted a former Seaford High School employee on charges of child sexual abuse. The indictment was handed down Monday against 52 year old Jerry Sodano of Bridgeville following an investigation into allegations of an illegal sexual relationship with a student at the school. At the time of these incidents, Sodano…

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AG Jennings Announces Over $10 billion in National Opioid Settlements with CVS and Walgreens

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The Delaware AG’s office has finalized settlement agreements with CVS and Walgreens to bring the national amount from investigations and litigation against the pharmaceutical industry for its role in the opioid crisis to over $50-billion. Delaware will receive over $43-million. CVS will pay $5-billion and Walgreens will pay $5.7-billion. AG Jennings will also join two…

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1st Listening Forum on Opioid Abuse Treatment Funding Tonight in Georgetown

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Addressing the opioid epidemic in Delaware‚ĶThe state’s newly-established Prescription Opioid Settlement Fund Distribution Commission is seeking the views of Delawareans on how to support treatment and prevention programs and reduce opioid use disorder and the misuse of opioids.Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Attorney General Kathy Jennings will begin a series of statewide listening forums tonight…

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Prosecutors Prepare For Sexual Abuse Case Against Pastor

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The Delaware Attorney General’s Office is seeking possible additional victims as it prepares to prosecute a Sussex County pastor who has been indicted for unlawful sexual contact. Major Foster of Lincoln was employed as pastor of Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church in Ellendale when he was indicted last fall. Prosecutors said the charges followed an investigation…

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House, Senate Democratic Leaders Call For Indicted Auditor McGuiness To Take Leave Of Absence

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The leaders of the Delaware State Senate and State House Democratic Caucuses are encouraging State Auditor Kathy McGuiness to take a leave of absence as she faces criminal charges. McGuiness was indicted Monday, and has claimed she is innocent of all charges. The following statements were released by the Democratic Caucuses Wednesday evening: Delaware Senate…

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Update: Auditor McGuiness Pleads Not Guilty To All Charges

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Update, Tuesday morning: Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness turned herself in Tuesday morning in Wilmington, one day after being indicted for a total of five offenses, two of which are felonies. McGuiness pled not guilty to all charges, and arraignment was waived. She was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.A case review is scheduled for October…

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Man Who Pointed Gun During 2020 Rally Convicted

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A Dover man has been convicted of two violent felony crimes for pointing a handgun during a counter-protest. The incident occurred last October at a rally in Wilmington. Michael Hastings was photographed brandishing the weapon as counter-protesters showed up at a rally in support of then-Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke. The Division of Civil…

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Del. Trooper Indicted In Warning Fraud Scheme

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A suspended Delaware State Trooper has been indicted on charges related to a fraudulent warning scheme that Attorney General Kathy Jennings said victims dozens of people. The full extent of the misconduct case surrounding Corporal Edwin R. Ramirez has yet to be determined, according to Jennings. The Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust was…

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Del. Bill Establishes Guidelines For Use Of Opioid Impact Fee

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The State Senate has passed legislation to establish a prescription opioid settlement fund and a settlement distribution commission that would allocate collected funds toward addressing the opioid crisis. The measure formalizes a structure for administration of Delaware’s first-in-the-nation opioid impact fee. Senator Stephanie Hansen, D-Middletown and House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf, D-Rehoboth Beach are co-sponsors of…

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State Senate Approves Use-Of-Force Revisions

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Delaware’s first ‘objective use of force’ standard for police officers is a step closer to becoming law. The State Senate Thursday voted 14-7 to approve a bill (SB 147) that would stipulate that the use of deadly and non-lethal force would be legally justifiable only if its use is determined to be reasonable. The word…

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Del. Bills Address Police Use Of Force, Disciplinary Records

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With five weeks to go in Delaware’s legislative session, several police accountability-related bills have been introduced for consideration in the Delaware General Assembly. The measures were introduced on the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd as a former Minneapolis Police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee over his neck. The…

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Del. Legislation Would Mandate Police Body-Worn Cameras

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A statewide body-worn camera mandate and a uniform policy for their use by law enforcement officers would be the result of legislation introduced in the Delaware General Assembly. The bill filed Thursday (HB 195) would require law enforcement officers and certain employees of the Department of Correction and the Department of Services for Children, Youth…

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VIDEO : AG Jennings Outlines Legislative Priorities

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings has listed her legislative priorities for the General Assembly session, several of which focus around firearms. Jennings supports a required permit to purchase a gun and a ban on what are known as assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Jennings would also like to see regulation of homemade gun kits. The…

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Del. Overdose Panel Makes Recommendations

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Five policy recommendations are contained in the Delaware Drug Overdose Fatality Review Commission’s second annual report. The panel reviewed a sample of 130 overdose fatalities that occurred in 2019. The report was released Tuesday. The recommendations to Governor John Carney focus upon safe and security housing, continuing education of clinicians, and improving outreach and follow-up…

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Delaware Attorney General joins 32 other states to urge online businesses to prevent price gouging

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Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings joined 32 other Attorneys General urging Amazon, Facebook, eBay, Walmart, and Craigslist to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online sellers using their services. ‚ÄúWe want the business community and American consumers to know that we endeavor to balance the twin imperatives of commerce and consumer protection in the…

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Delaware joins multi-state investigation into JUUL vaping

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Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced that Delaware has joined a bipartisan, multistate investigation of JUUL Labs. The 39-state coalition is investigating JUUL‚Äôs marketing and sales practices, including targeting of youth. The investigation also concerns claims regarding nicotine content, statements regarding the risks and safety of e-cigarettes, and the effectiveness of e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices.…

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