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Bill to exempt ‘sham’ marriages from spousal privilege advances

Maryland State House.

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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Advocates, exonerees ask for safeguards on use of jailhouse witnesses

A bill that would limit the use of restrictive housing of Maryland inmates met resistance Tuesday from state prison officials, who said they have proposed changes to the inmate disciplinary process and are doubling their mental health staff. (Thinkstock)

ANNAPOLIS — Advocates battling wrongful convictions asked legislators Tuesday to increase transparency around the use of so-called jailhouse witnesses by requiring the disclosure of information to the defendant and a statewide database that tracks when witnesses testify as part of ...

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