Jury selection in McGuiness trial to begin for a second time on Monday


The trial for State Auditor Kathy McGuiness is expected to get underway next week in Dover.

The venue was changed after McGuiness’ attorney Steven Wood successfully argued that her offenses allegedly occurred at her office in Dover and not in New Castle County.

The argument came after a jury had been seated in Wilmington.

Superior Court Judge William Carpenter agreed that case law supported Wood’s argument, despite jury selection going forward.

Charges were temporarily dismissed by the state, and refiled in Kent County, with a grand jury quickly re-indicting McGuiness.

Wood has won partial victories in getting some evidence excluded but has been unsuccessful in getting charges dismissed against McGuiness, who is running for re-election this year.

Jury selection in the case before Carpenter has been set for Monday, June 13 at the Kent County Courthouse.

Opening arguments in the case will follow on Tuesday, assuming the jury has been seated by the end of the day on Monday.

McGuiness faces felony and misdemeanor charges that include structuring payments to a consultant in a way that avoided a state review, employee intimidation, and hiring her daughter, minus a formal interview and paying her while she was attending college out of state.