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Issue of exoneree compensation returns to General Assembly

ANNAPOLIS — A push to reform and streamline the way Maryland compensates the wrongly convicted was heard in two General Assembly committees Wednesday. Senate Bill 797 and House Bill 985 propose requiring the Maryland Board of Public Works to pay individuals ...

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Bill to exempt ‘sham’ marriages from spousal privilege advances

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 continue to push for expansion of Md. expungement law

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland General Assembly will again grapple with the practicality and the implications of allowing individuals to remove non-convictions from their records, with advocates continuing to push for an expansion of the state’s expungement law. Senate Bill 589 and ...

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Advocates, exonerees ask for safeguards on use of jailhouse witnesses

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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New chair is mum, but lawmakers expect Md. Senate judicial panel will tilt left

Sen. William C. “Will” Smith says he plans to take a go-slow approach in what will be his first General Assembly session as chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee. “I’ll be limiting the bills that I sponsor,” said Smith, ...

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Despite 35,080-case backlog, asbestos docket is under control, Judiciary says

The Baltimore City Circuit Court’s efforts to reduce its backlog of asbestos cases belies any need for statutory, regulatory or budgetary changes to how these personal injury claims are currently handled, the Maryland Judiciary stated this week in a report ...

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Former Impallaria aide convicted of election law violation for ’18 robocall

A former aide to Del. Richard K. Impallaria was convicted of violating election laws and sentenced to probation Tuesday for distributing a robocall without a proper authority line last year. Tyler Walch, chief of staff to Impallaria, R-Baltimore and Harford, ...

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Indonesian lawsuits escalate after Boeing chief’s apology

Welcome to Monday, the final day of the 2019 Maryland General Assembly session. Here are some news items to get your week started. — Boeing chief’s apology fuels lawsuits by crash victims’ families. — This copyright case is bananas. — ...

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Ground Up Podcast: Talking ‘bipartisan bro show,’ $15 minimum wage and tax cuts in Annapolis

Bryan P. Sears, The Daily Record’s government reporter, updates us on the Maryland General Assembly’s 2019 session. We talk about Comptroller Peter Franchot fighting with Democratic lawmakers in Annapolis, the cost of school funding, tax cuts and a lot more. ...

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