DE: Collateral estoppel erroneously applied from a forfeiture case to a criminal case

The trial court erroneously applied collateral estoppel from a forfeiture case to defendant’s criminal case. Brown v. State, 2019 Del. LEXIS 363 (July 22, 2019).

“I conclude that Trial Counsel’s strategy did not prejudice Lambert in any way. Lambert also claims that his refusal to take a plea agreement somehow bolsters his self-serving claim that he wished his Trial Counsel to contest that he was the owner of the firearm. This argument is specious since had Lambert pled guilty he would have lost his right to contest the search warrant and thus his only possible hope.” State v. Lambert, 2019 Del. Super. LEXIS 358 (June 27, 2019).*

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