Reynolds v. Shahan
In Reynolds v. Shahan, 2009 WL 2219953 (Del. Super. Ct. 2009), the Department of Motor Vehicles revoked Mr. Reynolds' license in October 2004, based upon evidence that he operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
The case was appealed to the Court of Common Pleas, and was subsequently submitted for a decision on March 2, 2005.
For unexplained reasons, however, it took the Court of Common Pleas four years to issue the decision affirming the revocation. As Judge Graves stated in Reynolds, "for the reasons stated by the Court of Common Pleas, I would affirm the decision, but for the delay."
Addressing this four year delay, Judge Graves agreed with an argument put forth by Mr. Reynolds, stating:
"Mr. Reynolds notes that he resolved the criminal charges on this matter by pleading to reckless driving-alcohol related at least prior to March 2005, and completed the rehabilitation required by the statute. He argues he has gotten on with his life and to now impose a one-year revocation is unconscionable."