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Free-speech challenge to abuse-reporting law reaches justices (access required)

A 32-year-old Maryland law requiring state residents to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement violates the free-speech rights of Marylanders, a defense attorney has argued in appealing a first-degree murder conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. In papers filed with the justices, attorney Erin Murphy said the government’s reporting requirement compels speech in violation of ...

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