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10:30 am
Tue March 4, 2014

Sheriff Christopher Makes Bid for Second Term

Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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Despite a clash with the state legislature and the governor Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher says he intends to file his re-election papers for a second term.   

The Greenwood Republican tangled with state officials by filing a lawsuit over whether a sheriff in Delaware has the power to arrest people.  

After Christopher took office the General Assembly approved a bill that explicitly denied arrest powers to sheriffs in the state.

Instead, they can only perform such duties as serving subpoenas and other papers for the courts.

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9:03 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher Considers Federal Appeal

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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It was a defiant Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher when he heard the news that the Delaware State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that he did not have the power to make arrests.

Christopher said his suit was structured to be directly linked to the federal system and was contemplating an appeal in federal courts.

The embattled sheriff told the Salisbury Daily Times that he has been getting strong public support in Sussex County.

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8:44 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Delaware Sheriffs Cannot Make Arrests, High Court Rules

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that sheriffs in Delaware do not have police powers.

In a 26-page opinion released Monday, the justices affirmed a March ruling by a Superior Court judge upholding the constitutionality of a bill passed by state lawmakers that bars sheriffs and their deputies from making arrests.

Sussex County sheriff Jeff Christopher argued that lawmakers exceeded their authority and that they could not limit the power of sheriffs in such a drastic fashion without passing a constitutional amendment.

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9:16 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Delaware Supreme Court Hears Sheriff's Powers Case

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Delaware Supreme Court is considering whether sheriffs in Delaware have the authority to arrest people.

The justices heard arguments Wednesday in an appeal by the Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher, who argues that he is embodied with police powers by Delaware's constitution because it names sheriffs, along with other officials, as "conservators of the peace."

State and county officials disagree, however, prompting a legal battle over the role of sheriffs in Delaware's three counties.

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9:21 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Delaware High Court to Hear Case on Sheriff's Powers

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's Supreme Court says it will hear oral arguments in an appeal by the Sussex County sheriff of a court ruling that Delaware sheriffs do not have police powers.

In a letter to attorneys late last week, the court said all five justices will hear arguments on Sept. 11. Sheriff Jeff Christopher argues that he is embodied with police powers by Delaware's constitution, which names sheriffs, along with other officials, as "conservators of the peace."

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11:38 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Sussex County Sheriff to Appeal Decision on Arrest Powers

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher is appealing a court decision that rejected his claim that the Delaware state constitution gives him arrest powers.

He wants the state Supreme Court to reverse a Superior Court ruling that refused to call him a law enforcement officer.

Christopher told the Wilmington News Journal that he is confident the state’s high court will give the issue more scrutiny.

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11:50 am
Wed March 20, 2013

No Police Powers for Delaware County Sheriffs (Update)

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher
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Delaware superior Court Judge T. Henley Graves says the state constitution does not give county sheriffs police powers.

Yesterday’s ruling came in a lawsuit filed by Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher against state and county officials.

Graves said that the courts have used common law to define such powers and agreed with attorneys for the county and state that the General Assembly had the right to bar sheriffs and their deputies from making arrests.

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9:59 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Sheriff Powers Dispute Comes to New Castle County

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The New Castle County Council is resisting the proposal to make the county sheriffs and deputies constables.


The proposal has been made by Sheriff Trinidad Navarro who assured the Council that it would not change the basic function of his force.


Governor Jack Markell signed a law that made it clear county sheriffs and deputies did not have arrest powers.


But The Wilmington News Journal reports that Navarro’s request comes in the wake of a dispute in Sussex County where Sheriff Jeff Christopher wants law enforcement powers.

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9:19 am
Thu June 14, 2012

Sheriff's Powers Bill Ready for Vote in Delaware Senate

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate is ready to vote on legislation asserting that county sheriffs and their deputies do not have arrest powers.

The bill, which passed the House overwhelmingly last month and is on the Senate agenda Thursday, is a response to recent actions by the Sussex County sheriff.

Sheriff Jeff Christopher argues that as "conservators of the peace" under Delaware's constitution of 1897, sheriffs are law enforcement officers with the authority to arrest people and make traffic stops.

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8:53 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Sheriff Powers Dispute in Sussex County Moves to Senate Floor

The Delaware Senate is now set to get legislation that could quell the fierce dispute over the powers of the Sheriff’s office in Sussex County.

The measure would clearly establish that the state’s Sheriffs do not have the authority to investigate crime or make arrests.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the House version of the bill easily got out of the Senate Executive Committee and should be heard on the Senate floor sometime next week.

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher claims that he has those powers under the state Constitution.

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8:54 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Sussex County Sheriff Takes County to Court Over Arrest Powers

 

 

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher filed suit yesterday against county officials in Superior court alleging that they were attempting to unlawfully strip him of his constitutional right to arrest people.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the court action comes just hours before legislation that makes it clear sheriffs do not have the power to make arrests made it out of committee.

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