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DOVER, Del. (AP) - President Donald Trump's pick for the United States Attorney for Delaware has been sworn in.

WDEL-FM reports David C. Weiss was sworn in Thursday after the U.S. Senate confirmed his nomination earlier this month. Weiss had been serving as acting U.S. attorney since March 2017, and was nominated to take over the position permanently in November.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general, who has criticized an effort by a committee established by lawmakers to overhaul the state's criminal code, is proposing a more narrowly tailored approach focusing on drug laws.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at making Delaware's drug laws less complicated and more fair while increasing penalties for repeat convictions for drug dealing.

Denn said the revision will result in a more straightforward, coherent criminal drug code to ensure fair and proportional sentences.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has approved changes to the state's pretrial system so people are not held in jail simply because they can't afford bail.

The court's seven judges unanimously approved the changes on Tuesday. They will be effective July 1.

The change comes after the court heard hours of testimony last month on rule changes proposed by the Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and Procedure.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Civil rights advocates will be speaking in favor of a measure in Maryland designed to increase transparency in police misconduct investigations.

The American Civil Liberties of Maryland will gather Wednesday in Annapolis, along with several other groups.

They will be joined by Del. Erek Barron and Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who are sponsoring the legislation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate scheduled to be put to death this week for the slayings of two young girls has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution.

Ricky Gray filed an emergency appeal with the high court on Tuesday. Gray is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the slayings of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and her 4-year-old sister Ruby. Gray was convicted of killing the girls and their parents at their home on New Year's Day 2006.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has lifted a roadblock in a shareholder lawsuit over the collapse of Wilmington Trust.

The judge on Monday granted a plaintiffs' request to lift a stay of discovery in the lawsuit pending resolution of criminal charges against four former bank executives.

In her order, the judge noted the age of the civil case, which was filed in 2010, the pace at which the criminal proceeding is progressing, and the interests of justice.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general says he will not appeal a state Supreme Court decision declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional, but that he believes the ruling cannot be applied retroactively to the 13 men currently on death row.

In a statement Monday, Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn's office said he has decided not to appeal the Aug. 2 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says his office is appealing a judge's order granting a new trial to a man convicted of murder in a case that was featured in the "Serial" podcast.

Frosh said in a telephone interview that his office filed the notice of appeal Monday. The attorney general's office has asked that any new trial for Adnan Syed be halted during the appeals process.

Syed was convicted of killing his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. He was sentenced to life in prison.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has put former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the Supreme Court ruling. 

The high court overturned McDonnell's corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn't necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there's enough evidence for another trial.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case - to allow both sides time to analyze it.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion filed jointly Thursday proposes that parties file a briefing schedule or update the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on discussions after 30 days.