State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness convicted on three counts in Delaware
DELAWARE- Friday, a jury convicted State Auditor Kathleen McGuiness of official misconduct, illegally structuring contracts, and conflict of interest. The verdict marks the first conviction of a sitting statewide elected official in Delaware history.
With the news breaking, Delaware leaders have spoken out. Attorney General Kathy Jennings said, “From the moment I took office, I promised that no one would be either above the law or beneath Justice. Today’s guilty verdict confirmed that. After weeks or grueling trial and mistreatment of whistleblowers, the state auditor whose job is to protect our state from waste, fraud, and abuse has been found guilty of three crimes by a jury of her peers. I am grateful for the jury’s judgment, for the excellent work of our trial team, and above all else for the courage of the whistleblowers and witnesses who came forward and made accountability possible. Our office’s and the jury’s message is clear: abuse of office will not be tolerated in Delaware.”
Delaware Senate leadership, including Senate Pres. Pro Tempore Dave Sokola, Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, and Senate Majority Whip Elizabeth Lockman, also responded to the convictions and are calling on her to resign immediately.
“Any public official engaged in these behaviors is unfit for public office, but especially the state’s top financial watchdog,” Senate leadership said. “While Auditor McGuiness considers her options and political future, the Delaware State Senate will carefully consider its Constitutional role in ensuring accountability and that the best interests of Delawareans are served.”