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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general, who has criticized an effort by a committee established by lawmakers to overhaul the state's criminal code, is proposing a more narrowly tailored approach focusing on drug laws.

Attorney General Matt Denn on Thursday unveiled legislation aimed at making Delaware's drug laws less complicated and more fair while increasing penalties for repeat convictions for drug dealing.

Denn said the revision will result in a more straightforward, coherent criminal drug code to ensure fair and proportional sentences.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court has approved changes to the state's pretrial system so people are not held in jail simply because they can't afford bail.

The court's seven judges unanimously approved the changes on Tuesday. They will be effective July 1.

The change comes after the court heard hours of testimony last month on rule changes proposed by the Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and Procedure.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Civil rights advocates will be speaking in favor of a measure in Maryland designed to increase transparency in police misconduct investigations.

The American Civil Liberties of Maryland will gather Wednesday in Annapolis, along with several other groups.

They will be joined by Del. Erek Barron and Sen. Joan Carter Conway, who are sponsoring the legislation.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia inmate scheduled to be put to death this week for the slayings of two young girls has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt his execution.

Ricky Gray filed an emergency appeal with the high court on Tuesday. Gray is scheduled to be executed Wednesday for the slayings of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and her 4-year-old sister Ruby. Gray was convicted of killing the girls and their parents at their home on New Year's Day 2006.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A federal judge has lifted a roadblock in a shareholder lawsuit over the collapse of Wilmington Trust.

The judge on Monday granted a plaintiffs' request to lift a stay of discovery in the lawsuit pending resolution of criminal charges against four former bank executives.

In her order, the judge noted the age of the civil case, which was filed in 2010, the pace at which the criminal proceeding is progressing, and the interests of justice.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's attorney general says he will not appeal a state Supreme Court decision declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional, but that he believes the ruling cannot be applied retroactively to the 13 men currently on death row.

In a statement Monday, Democratic Attorney General Matt Denn's office said he has decided not to appeal the Aug. 2 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh says his office is appealing a judge's order granting a new trial to a man convicted of murder in a case that was featured in the "Serial" podcast.

Frosh said in a telephone interview that his office filed the notice of appeal Monday. The attorney general's office has asked that any new trial for Adnan Syed be halted during the appeals process.

Syed was convicted of killing his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999. He was sentenced to life in prison.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal appeals court has put former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case on hold to give prosecutors and defense attorneys more time to analyze the Supreme Court ruling. 

The high court overturned McDonnell's corruption conviction in June, saying his actions were distasteful but didn't necessarily violate federal bribery laws. The case was returned to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to decide whether there's enough evidence for another trial.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Prosecutors have asked a federal appeals court to delay action for 30 days on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's corruption case - to allow both sides time to analyze it.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports the U.S. Attorney's Office said the motion filed jointly Thursday proposes that parties file a briefing schedule or update the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals on discussions after 30 days.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Courts in Maryland's upper Eastern Shore are now only accepting electronic filings.

The Maryland Judiciary says in a statement that as of Monday, electronic filing will be mandatory for attorneys filing civil and criminal cases in District Court and Circuit Court in Caroline, Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne's and Talbot counties.

Attorneys have been filing electronically since October 2014 when the Maryland Electronic Courts system launched in Anne Arundel County.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Three former Virginia attorneys general have filed a brief opposing Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's blanket restoration of voting and other rights for ex-felons.

The brief recently filed with the Virginia Supreme Court said McAuliffe's April restoration of rights for more than 200,000 ex-felons "undermines the rule of law."

The brief was filed by Ken Cuccinelli, who ran against McAuliffe in 2013; Jim Gilmore, who also served as governor and sought the Republican presidential nomination this year; and Andrew Miller, a conservative Democrat.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed a member of his administration to Maryland's highest court.

Hogan announced Wednesday the appointment of Joseph Getty to the seven-member Court of Appeals. Getty has been serving as Hogan's chief legislative officer, who acts as the Republican governor's lobbyist.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Maryland's highest court has released an opinion explaining its recent decision to force an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray to testify against his colleagues.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has rejected a bid by Donald Trump supporters to block the use of a party affiliation statement in Virginia's Republican presidential primary.

U.S. District Judge Hannah Lauck declined to issue a preliminary injunction Thursday.

GOP leaders last month persuaded the Virginia State Board of Elections to require voters in the party's March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming that they are Republicans. Three black pastors are sued, arguing that the "loyalty oath" violates their civil and free-speech rights.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Republican lawmaker in Virginia is pushing legislation that would allow clerks to refuse to issue licenses for marriages they object to on moral or religious grounds.

Republican Sen. Charles Carrico of Galax said many of his constituents were concerned about what happened to Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent five days in jail last year for denying licenses to same-sex couples.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Veterans who need a hand with legal services could soon find it.

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring has scheduled two news conferences Monday to announce an initiative to provide low-income veterans with pro bono, or free of charge, legal services. He'll be joined by officials with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the Virginia State Bar and military service organizations.

Herring's first stop will be in Norfolk. The scheduled speakers include Mayor Paul Fraim.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate is to vote on a proposed constitutional amendment allowing bail to be denied for defendants charged with non-capital crimes.

Tuesday's vote follows initial passage of the proposal last year, as constitutional amendments must be approved by two consecutive legislatures.

The amendment is aimed at stopping the release of violent offenders who wind up being charged with more violent crimes after being released on bail.

Currently, bail can be denied only for first-degree murder.

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BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Tax Court has ruled that office-supply retailer Staples owes the state more than $14 million in back taxes.

The court found Staples underpaid its taxes between 1999 and 2004. According to the court, Staples altered its corporate structure in part to improperly avoid paying its share of state taxes.

Staples, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, argued unsuccessfully that the ruling failed to account for more than $150 million in salaries and $260 million in property on which it paid Maryland taxes over the five-year period.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's lawyers get a half-hour to urge a federal appeals court to overturn his public corruption convictions.

Prosecutors get equal time to argue that a jury got it right when it found McDonnell guilty of 11 counts last September.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the arguments Tuesday morning in Richmond. The court usually takes a few weeks to rule.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge in Wilmington has granted the state of Delaware's request to dismiss racial and gender discrimination claims filed by parents of students at a struggling all-girls charter school trying to stave off a second state-ordered closure.

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Stark on Thursday granted the Department of Education's request to dismiss the lawsuit involving predominantly black Reach Academy in New Castle.

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell has nominated Judge Jan Jurden to become the first female head of Delaware's Superior Court system.

In a statement Monday, Markell praised Jurden's "skill, dedication, and integrity." If confirmed by the Senate, she would succeed James Vaughn as president judge of Superior Court. Vaughn recently became a state Supreme Court justice.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Maryland commission is recommending the state stop requiring people accused of crimes to post bond as a condition of release before trial.

The Governor's Commission to Reform Maryland's Pretrial System approved the controversial recommendation Tuesday. The commission will present the recommendation to the General Assembly in the next few weeks.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Maryland court system is launching an electronic case management system to eventually enable people statewide to file and view court documents on their computers.

Tuesday's launch in Annapolis makes electronic filing mandatory for attorneys practicing in Anne Arundel County and the state appellate courts.

The Maryland Judiciary plans to roll out the system, county by county, over the next five years.

The project aims to modernize case management in Maryland counties, some of which are using systems that are 30 years old.