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Bill will grant benefits to Guard vets
Las Cruces Sun-NewsMarch 1, 2012

Susana Martinez said she righted a wrong Wednesday by signing a bill that expands New Mexico's definition of military veterans. The measure will enable the state to offer a small break on property taxes to those who served for at least six consecutive ...more »

Mother accused in son's death had history of police calls, court involvement
WISHMarch 1, 2012

24-Hour News 8 looked into Smith's past encounters with the law. Judge Mark Loyd said his first encounter with Smith was when she seemed to ask authorities for help. “The parents made a self report to authorities that they were using crack.more »

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Victim's family speaks out against convicted drunk driver's early release
Fox 31 KDVR.comMarch 1, 2012

“It's hard. It's the waiting game,” said Baca-Heiberg. The family left the hearing without an answer. They were hopeful, but questioned the state's sentencing laws. “If somebody kills somebody, you pay the time. If you're sentenced to 16 years, ...more »

Individual Educational Plans
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US judge hears registration groups' case against voter sign-up law
Palm Beach PostMarch 2, 2012

The league and fellow plaintiffs Rock the Vote and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund are requesting a preliminary injunction against a state law enacted last year (HB 1355) that they say "unconstitutionally and unlawfully" makes ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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Review by the Law Commission on divorce settlements
Liverpool Daily PostMarch 2, 2012

The Law Commission has announced they will be extending their review of divorce law and that is a welcome decision. Currently there is still a lot of confusion on how assets should be divided, particularly when it comes to “non matrimonial” property ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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Sandra Fluke: Slurs won't silence women
CNNMarch 13, 2012

By Sandra Fluke, Special to CNN Editor's note: Sandra Fluke is a third-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center and has served as president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice. (CNN) -- Last month, students from several ...more »

Mortuary Law
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County to Receive $100 Million for Jail Expansion
Valley NewsMarch 9, 2012

[ Berry-Bell and Hall Mortuary ] & Rehabilitation, as was traditionally the case. The law was touted as an efficiency measure by Gov. Jerry Brown and other lawmakers, who implemented it in response to a federal court decree that California reduce its ...more »

Domestic Partnerships
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UB Law School clinic works to assist pet-owning victims of domestic violence.
University at Buffalo ReporterMarch 1, 2012

By ILENE FLEISCHMANN Domestic violence victims often remain in abusive relationships to prevent their partners from harming or killing their pets. Animal Shelter Options for Domestic Violence Victims, a new project of the UB Law School's Women, ...more »

Name Changes
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Name change won't do for Eq. Guinea UN prize-document
TrustLawMarch 5, 2012

To accompany the name change, Equatorial Guinea's government said the funds for the prize would come from the state treasury rather than Obiang's own personal foundation. However the legal note concluded that this would mean the prize statutes as they ...more »

Domestic Violence
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Domestic violence review sought
Otago Daily TimesMarch 3, 2012

By Tracey Roxburgh on Sun, 4 Mar 2012 Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier says domestic violence cases should focus on engagement with both parties and their families. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh. Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier is ...more »

Paternity Suits
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Parole chance for juvenile lifers one of 20 bills by Hunter
Monroe Free PressMarch 9, 2012

Here is a summary of Hunter's bills: --PAROLE FOR JUVENILE LIFERS: Juveniles serving life sentences for murder, aggravated rape or serious crimes would be eligible for parole after 20 years. A three member panel including experts in evaluation would ...more »

Foster Care
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I wrote a giant story about the formerly secret LA County foster care courts
Downey BeatMarch 4, 2012

If you've ever wondered how foster care court works, check out this giant story I wrote for my other job. It gives insight into what children, parents, foster parents go through in “the system.” My wife and I adopted three kids from foster care, ...more »

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
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Prenup can eliminate a lot of problems with legacies
Mail TribuneMarch 18, 2012

Generally, folks who marry later in life should enter into a prenuptial agreement, particularly when assets have been acquired before their marriage. You haven't indicated what your position might be now with regard to a postnuptial, but by all means, ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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New York, Maryland gay-marriage laws give hope to same-sex couples in Pennsylvania
PennLive.comMarch 3, 2012

Maryland's governor on Thursday signed into law a bill to allow gay couples to marry beginning next year. New York legalized gay marriage last summer. Now that Pennsylvania is sandwiched between two states where gay couples can marry, gay and lesbian...more »

State Child Protection
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Liberal National Party promises to revisit child abuse inquiry
Courier MailMarch 4, 2012

A THIRTEEN-year-old inquiry into the abuse of children in state and church-run institutions will be reopened under an LNP government in a move to strengthen Queensland's child protection laws. The 1999 Forde inquiry would be re-established to ensure ...more »

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The number of children under state guardianship reduced due to ...
Azerbaijan Business CenterMarch 13, 2012

149 children in Azerbaijan returned to their biologic parents or close relatives' families on the state program on children transference from state children establishments to families (deinstitutionalization) and alternative guardianship , designed for ...more »


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