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For Legislation On Rape And Sexual Assault, Mixed Results In Maryland

Two bills regarding the kits used to collect evidence from victims of sexual assault and rape were successful, but other measures related to sex crimes did not make it through the General Assembly.

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Maryland Isn't Doing Enough To Address Police Accountability, Say Some Lawmakers

The death of Freddie Gray after he suffered a fatal injury while in the custody of Baltimore police has led to the suspension of six officers, but the Maryland General Assembly ignored the majority of so-called "police accountability" bills during its yearly session.
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New Measure Aims To Train Cops On Policing People With Disabilities

The measure is in response to the death of Ethan Saylor, a man with Down Syndrome who died at the hands of Frederick County sheriff's deputies two years ago.
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As Immigration Case Hits Crucial Step, Activists Push Forward With Agenda

In the D.C. area, thousands of undocumented immigrants are awaiting the outcome of a federal appeals court case. In the meantime, activists are holding clinics to help those families navigate their legal situations.

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Fairfax County Takes New Steps Toward Combating Sexual Assault

Despite the retraction of the Rolling Stone article about a University of Virginia fraternity, elected officials across Virginia say they're becoming increasingly concerned about sexual assault on college campuses.
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Virginia's Drone Legislation Retains Requirement For Warrants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to ensure that law enforcement can get access to information from drones without a warrant, but both chambers of the General Assembly have voted against his amendments.

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Medical Marijuana Cultivators Given Boost By D.C. Council

Under legislation approved yesterday, the city's three medical marijuana cultivators can double, to 1,000, the number of plants they grow.

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Tea Party, ACLU Line Up Against McAuliffe, Police On Virginia Drones

What will happen in Virginia when a moratorium on the use of drones by law enforcement ends this June? It depends in part how the General Assembly chooses to handle a showdown with Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
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Body Cameras Get Temporary Approval In Maryland For This Year

Deadly encounters between police and the communities they serve have put a renewed focus on the use of body cameras on police. Lawmakers in Maryland have given a temporary reprieve on the state's wiretapping laws while a commission comes up with clearer rules.

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Sentencing-By-Jury Legislation Is Put On Hold In Maryland

Juries in Maryland still have a say in handing out one sentence: life without parole. Should that power belong only to the judge? Or does it make sense to maintain the status quo? The state Senate has decided that it isn't ready to take a stance on the issue.

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