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State Sen. removed from committee after arrest

Joe Irizarry
Delaware Public Media

State Sen. Darius Brown is off the State Senate judiciary committee altogether.


The move is the latest response to an alleged altercation at a restaurant in North Wilmington last month that led to Brown’s arrest 


Senate President Pro Temp David Sokola says in a statement Tuesday the move is meant to reduce distractions in the committee as they consider big bills making changes to the criminal justice system


Brown was previously Judiciary Committee chair before being removed from that position by Sokola in late May after the incident. 


Sen. Kyle Evans Gay stepped as the new chair, and presides over the committee for the first time Tuesday.


Sokola says the move is pending Brown’s legal matters. Brown faces two misdemeanor charges after punching a woman in the face over an argument about a social media post, according to Delaware State Police.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.