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N. William Delker

N. William Delker

Will Delker was appointed to the New Hampshire Superior Court in 2011 and currently sits in Hillsborough County Superior Court-Northern District in Manchester.

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3-Minute Civics: Judicial discretion and the decision to set bail

By: - June 20, 2022

Imagine you are a judge taking up your morning docket. The day starts with an arraignment and bail hearing for an individual charged with first-degree assault with a firearm. The prosecutor informs you the police received a 911 call at 10 the night before for a gunshot in the city center. The police sped to […]

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3-Minute Civics: Judicial discretion and the rule of law

By: - April 8, 2022

During the recent confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States, senators questioned her extensively about her sentencing decisions in several cases. Some wanted to understand how Judge Jackson had exercised her judicial judgment to reach an outcome in a specific case. Trial judges are obligated to […]

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3-Minute Civics: Judicial appointments – balancing independence and politics

By: - January 14, 2022

This story was updated on Jan. 14 at 7:59 a.m. In his last 3-Minute Civics column, Chris Pappavaselio highlighted the enduring impact certain presidents have had on the makeup of the United States Supreme Court. Both political parties have accused the other of attempting to manipulate the court to counteract this effect. Democrats cite the […]

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3-Minute Civics: The New Hampshire Legislature in action

By: - November 4, 2021

With the New Hampshire Legislature’s return to session in January, it is worth examining the legislative process in some detail because it is far more complicated than the catchy jingle about a bill’s journey to becoming a law that many of us remember from Saturday morning “Schoolhouse Rock!”: “I’m just a bill. Yes, I’m only […]

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3-Minute Civics: We the people – representative vs. direct democracy

By: - August 26, 2021

Under our system, the authority to govern comes directly from the people. The U.S. Constitution famously begins with the words, “We the People . . . ordain and establish this Constitution.” The first article of the New Hampshire Constitution similarly declares that “all government of right originates from the people.” But while both begin by […]