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Senate Votes On Parole for Juveniles Serving Life Sentences

State senators on Tuesday approved a bill that would make juveniles convicted of first-degree murder eligible for parole after serving between 20 and 30 years in prison.

Amendments that would have raised the minimum threshold for parole to 35 years or to 25 years were defeated, the latter by a single vote

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Mass. Officials Will Seek New Buffer Zone Rules

Massachusetts officials who support protest-free zones around abortion clinics say they will try to craft new rules in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The justices unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's 35-foot buffer zone violated the First Amendment rights of protesters

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Lawmakers Weigh Parole For Young Murder Convicts

Relatives of murder victims are among those asking a legislative committee to approve a bill that would require juveniles convicted of first-degree murder to serve at least 35 years before they can be eligible for parole

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Casino Law Hinges On Massachusetts High Court

The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case before the state's highest court.

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“Boobies” Bracelet Wins Out Of Court

Metro News - The Supreme Court is declining to hear a case centering on breast cancer awareness bracelets that read "I 'heart' boobies."

The court's decision not to take up the case gives a victory to two Pennsylvania middle school students

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U.S. Senate Approves Gay Rights Bill

 

The Senate has approved a bill outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
 
    The vote reflected the nation's rapidly evolving attitude toward gay rights nearly two decades after Congress rejected same-sex marriage. The

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense of Marriage Act, Prop. 8 [UPDATE]

The Supreme Court had a chance to make history with gay marriage this week, and by striking down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) they have done that. 

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Supreme Court Voids Part of Landmark Voting Rights Act

On Tuesday the US Supreme Court was to make a ruling on the Voting Rights Act, something that has been in place since 1965. 

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Wareham Police Chief Gives DNA Ruling Thumbs Up

In what some are calling a vagueley defined ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has stated it's completely legal for police officers to take DNA samples from serious arrests.

Under the ruling, officers will be able to swab the inside of the mouth of a suspect to collect a DNA sample, and then archive the sample into a database

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