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House panel OKs bill to fix sentencing laws

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., right, confers with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, as the House Judiciary Committee met to approve rare bipartisan legislation that would reduce prison time for some nonviolent drug offenders. Gowdy is a former federal prosecutor. At far right rear is Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas. AP Images

WASHINGTON — In a rare bipartisan effort, the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would make sweeping changes to U.S. sentencing laws, reducing prison time for some nonviolent drug offenders. The bill, backed by voice vote, comes less ...

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Mediation before litigation

Judges, lawyers and the public are increasingly recognizing the value of mediation as a tool in resolving conflicts, particularly in the area of elder law. As baby boomers age and require more care, many adult siblings are struggling with questions ...

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