At least that is what is being reported in the Cape Gazette today. You’ll remember that Phillips is being accused of sexually assaulting a campaign staffer in 2011 — repeatedly. So much for looking forward to Phillips telling his side of the story — as his legal team claimed he was eager to do.
Phillips declined to respond to all other claims made by Dunlap, basing his silence on the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which protects defendants from answering for infamous crimes unless the person is indicted by a grand jury; the amendment also protects defendants from testifying if their answers may be self-incriminating.
In Phillips’ answer, Wilmington attorney Kurt Heyman questions Dunlap’s claim that the Attorney General’s Office is investigating the case. “In a recent interview she announced that she remains in contact with the Delaware State Attorney General’s Office and that a criminal investigation into the allegations of her complaint is ongoing. Defendant has, to date, been unable to confirm whether that is the case,” Heyman wrote.
So he won’t answer unless he knows that there is not an ongoing criminal investigation? Or is it how much can he fabricate without fear of a criminal case coming back to smack him in the face? Whatever is going on, it certainly isn’t making this thing go away.
But hey, this seems to be the summer we live through more reminders that Sussex conservatives have more issues that we care to know.
h/t Anonymous tipster