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Virginia Justices Hear Sweet Briar College Appeal

The lawsuit brought by maintains the college is a trust based on the will of its founder and Sweet Briar's decision to close must be approved by a court.

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Maryland Laws On Fertility Coverage For Lesbians, Transgender Birth Certificates Take Effect

Lesbian couples wishing to conceive a child can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers. And a barrier to changing one's gender on a Maryland birth certificate has been lifted.

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Virginia Justices To Decide How Much About The Death Penalty Should Be Public

The Virginia Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday about the death penalty. They won't be debating whether it's right or wrong — but rather how much the public should know about it.
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Exculpatory Evidence Now Has Longer Shelf Life In Virginia

A ruling by the Virginia Supreme Court would give new light to exculpatory evidence suppressed by authorities, even in cases where it's too late to appeal.

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Why Two Maryland Counties Are Trading Investigations Into Police-Related Deaths

There's a perception that investigations into police-related deaths are hampered by the relationships between county cops and top prosecutors — prompting two Maryland counties to agree to investigate cases for each other.

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D.C. Asks Judge To Stay Ruling That Tossed Out Key Part Of Concealed Carry Law

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on Tuesday asked a federal judge to stay a recent ruling that invalidated a key provision of the city's new concealed carry law, saying that not doing so could increase the number of concealed guns carried in D.C. and threaten public safety.
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D.C. Police Need To Identify Themselves Better, Says Complaint Board

D.C.'s Office of Police Complaints has received nearly 400 allegations of officers failing to identify themselves since 2006 — something the city's complaint board says should be changed.

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Sledding Ban On Capitol Hill Remains Intact, But Won't Be Enforced

Some children got a lesson in civil disobedience earlier this year, peacefully protesting by sledding on the Capitol Hill grounds despite a ban. It's looking like they may be only sort-of breaking the rules if they go sledding next snowfall.
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Inside the 'Assault On Justice' Project With Patrick Madden And Christina Davidson

The reporters discuss their work investigating D.C.'s use of the charge of "assaulting a police officer," as well as efforts that are taking shape to change the law to avoid potential abuses.

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Gun Owners Seeking D.C. Concealed Carry Permits Left In Limbo After Ruling

A judge's decision this week tossed out a key a provision of D.C.'s concealed carry law, but city officials haven't yet said what their next step will be.

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