Mary Reichard

Mary is co-host, legal affairs correspondent, and dialogue editor for WORLD Radio. She is also co-host of the Legal Docket podcast. Mary is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and St. Louis University School of Law. She resides with her husband near Springfield, Mo.

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High court asked to better define immigration laws

Immigration | Two cases this term deal with immigrants suspected of crimes
by Mary Reichard
Posted 2/13/17, 03:16 pm

Two cases argued before the Supreme Court in January touched on the ongoing debate over people who are in the United States illegally.

The first case has roots in the 9/11 attacks. It deals with the grievances of those held in detention after the attacks, including Pakistani native Ahmer Iqbal Abbasi. He came to the United States illegally and managed to get a job driving a New York City taxi.

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Should the government protect tacky trademarks?

Free Speech | Supreme Court case highlights inconsistencies in free speech laws
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/24/17, 10:02 am

Over the years, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has registered plenty of names of brands, businesses, and musical groups that might offend—the Dead Kennedys, the Sex Pistols, and Redneck Gangsta, to name just a few. Congress has given the government the power to refuse trademarks that “may disparage or falsely suggest a connection with persons, institutions, beliefs, or national symbols, or bring them into contempt or disrepute,” but in practice, the patent office has been inconsistent.

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Supreme Court considers special education case

Education | How much are public schools required to do for students who need extra help to succeed?
by Mary Reichard
Posted 1/16/17, 12:48 pm

Last week, the Supreme Court attempted to find an answer to a question that continually vexes schools and families: What does it mean to meet the needs of a student, especially one with disabilities?

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