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Bill to exempt ‘sham’ marriages from spousal privilege advances (access required)

A bill to exempt marriages formed after a crime is committed from the spousal privilege — a general rule that one spouse cannot be compelled to testify against the other in a criminal proceeding — received a favorable report from a ...

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Md. appeals court: Spousal privilege applies to ‘sham’ marriages (access required)

Marrying the prosecution’s star witness to prevent him or her from testifying against you does not constitute witness tampering or obstruction of justice, Maryland’s second-highest court has ruled in allowing an accused murderer to invoke spousal privilege at his upcoming ...

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Md. court denies ‘unclean’ widow share of husband’s estate (access required)

A woman found to have manipulated a grieving, ailing and wealthy widower into marriage was rightfully denied a statutory share of his estate when he died, Maryland’s second-highest court ruled Wednesday. Emeline Wilson Watkins’ manipulation of Robert F. Watkins Jr. ...

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Md. lawmakers still undecided on murder, med-mal, marriage bills (access required)

With the state’s most populous city facing a homicide epidemic, the fate of legislation aimed at preventing and stiffening penalties for repeat gun offenders will come down to the final hours of the 2018 Maryland General Assembly on Monday.

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Women’s Law Center pushes back on underage marriage ban (access required)

Legislation to prohibit marriage for anyone younger than 18 drew criticism from women’s rights advocates at a hearing in the Maryland House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. House Bill 799, introduced by Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard, would do away with current ...

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