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Md. House strips spousal privilege from post-crime weddings (access required)

The protection criminal defendants have against their spouses testifying against them would not apply in cases when the wedding occurred after the alleged crime was committed, under legislation the House of Delegates passed Tuesday. With the House’s 120-11 vote, attention ...

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Md. bill would strip spousal privilege from post-crime weddings (access required)

The protection criminal defendants have against their spouses testifying against them would not apply in cases when the wedding occurred after the alleged crime was committed under legislation the House Judiciary Committee considered Thursday. The longstanding “spousal privilege” against testifying ...

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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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