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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A Catholic critique of Tim Kaine

Campaign 2016 | Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate puts politics over faith
by Mary Reichard
Posted 10/11/16, 12:35 pm

In last week’s vice presidential debate, Democratic candidate Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said he personally opposed abortion but believed his private convictions should not determine public policy. In other words, he was personally pro-life but politically pro-abortion. I talked with Chad Pecknold, professor of historical and systematic theology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., about his impressions of Kaine, who also is Catholic.

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SCOTUS hears racially charged death penalty case

Death Penalty | A convicted murderer claims his own lawyers brought racial bias to the case
by Mary Reichard
Posted 10/10/16, 12:59 pm

In its first week of oral arguments, the Supreme Court heard the case of Duane Buck, who murdered his ex-girlfriend and her friend in Houston in 1995, while her children watched. For that, Buck received the death penalty.

But Buck claims racial prejudice tainted the jury, based on evidence his own attorneys presented. In Texas, jurors can’t impose the death penalty unless they find the defendant poses a future danger.

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Family-friendly video service under fire

Courts | Hollywood takes streaming service VidAngel to court
by Mary Reichard
Posted 9/26/16, 01:33 pm

Families who enjoy the latest home-video releases but would rather watch them the way they might look and sound if they were edited for family-hour TV have that option, thanks to technology.

Utah-based VidAngel has about 3,000 show titles viewers can stream on most any device. About half a million people have tried it out.

But in June, four movie studios sued VidAngel in federal court for copyright infringement. Disney, Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, and Lucasfilms say VidAngel has no consent to stream their content and it needs a license to do so.

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