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Ramsey v. State, 639, 2009

Defendant's Attempted First Degree Robbery conviction is reversed where the "party autonomy" rule, which placed the burden on the parties to decide whether a lesser-included offense should be considered by the jury, also applied to bench trials, and thus the superior court's consideration of the lesser-included offense of Attempted First Degree Robbery infringed upon the parties' autonomy.

Appellate Information

  • Submitted 05/05/2010
  • Decided 05/28/2010
  • Published 05/28/2010


  • JACOBS, Justice., Before HOLLAND, JACOBS and RIDGELY Justices.


  • Supreme Court of Delaware


  • For Appellant:
  • Christopher D. Tease, Esquire, Wilmington, Delaware, for Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Paul R. Wallace, Esquire, Department of Justice, Wilmington, Delaware, for Appellee.
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