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Rethinking How D.C. Inspects, Taxes Vacant Properties To Address Urban Blight

In D.C., city inspectors are required to keep checking vacant properties to make sure they're still empty. A proposed new law would change that.
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A Former Maryland Prosecutor's View Of The Hung Jury In The Freddie Gray Case

Kojo explores what comes next and what's at stake in the other cases related to Freddie Gray's death with Doug Gansler, a former state and federal prosecutor with his own experiences handling politically explosive criminal cases.

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Officer's Mistrial In Freddie Gray's Death Is A Letdown For Both Sides

The mistrial leaves prosecutors, defense attorneys and a populace anxious to find closure back at square one. Lawyers are scheduled to meet in the judge's chambers Thursday to discuss dates for a possible retrial.

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New Questions About The Use Of Forensic DNA

Forensic DNA has a reputation as an infallible science that catches bad guys and exonerates the innocent. But some experts warn it might not be the silver bullet its perceived to be.

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With Primary Only Months Away, Legal Challenge May Reshuffle Virginia Districts

A court case might upend the state's political geography and also set an important precedent for minority representation.

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Court Disqualifies Judge On D.C. Concealed Carry Lawsuit, Setting Case Back

A federal court dealt a blow to D.C. gun rights advocates on Tuesday, disqualifying a judge who earlier this year ruled that the city's new concealed carry law is unconstitutional.
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Why Did 70,000 Washingtonians Ignore Their Jury Summons Last Year?

Last year in D.C., less than a quarter of jury summonses worked as they should. The national average is double that. A few reasons why so many D.C. residents don't make it to jury duty.
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Reveal: Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Covering Up Child Abuse?

An investigation into the culture of secrecy within the Jehovah's Witnesses leads us to the story of one woman who was ostracized after she accused an elder of abusing her.

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Legal Battles Over Parenting And Adoption Rights For Same-Sex Couples

A judge in Utah recently ordered a lesbian couple to give up their foster child. Although the decision was reversed, it highlighted the lack of legal protections for same-sex parents. A look at ongoing battles in courts and legislatures around the country over L-G-B-T adoption and parenting rights.

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Noncitizens Voting In School Board Elections? Maryland County Could See It

Immigrants who are not U.S. citizens would be allowed to vote for school board in Montgomery County under a proposal that needs statewide approval — and has some critics asking if it would be too complicated to implement.

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