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New Zealand law deems river more than just a body of water

Welcome to Monday, the 83rd anniversary of the Hollywood premiere of “The Wizard of Oz.” Here are some other news items. — New Zealand river’s personhood status is recognition it is more than standing water. — Arkansas judge gets suspended ...

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Md. high court orders review of mental health reports in abuse case

A Prince George’s County judge must review in chambers the private mental health records of a dead child care worker to determine what if any portion is relevant to a Massachusetts lawsuit alleging his church-affiliated employer’s negligence enabled him to ...

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Justices decline free-speech challenge to Md. abuse-reporting law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a free-speech challenge to Maryland’s law requiring state residents to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement. Without comment, the justices rejected Kevin Sewell’s request that they review a Maryland high ...

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Free-speech challenge to abuse-reporting law reaches justices

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 ...

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Senate panel kills bill to end time limit on child abuse suits

ANNAPOLIS – By the slimmest of margins, the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on Wednesday killed House-passed legislation to eliminate the statute of limitations on lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse. The panel’s 5-5 vote ensures that Maryland’s current statute permitting suits ...

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Duty to report child abuse trumps marital privilege, Md. high court says

ANNAPOLIS – The statutory duty of Marylanders to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement trumps the general rule that private communications between spouses are inadmissible at trial, Maryland’s top court ruled Tuesday in reinstating the murder conviction of an ...

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