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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Immigration policy gridlock allows sanctuary cities to persist

by Mary Reichard
Posted 9/21/15, 03:12 pm

The legality of so-called sanctuary cities became a top concern in the nation with the killing this summer of a 32-year-old woman named Kate Steinle. A seven-time felon who’d been deported five times, yet was still in the United States illegally, stands accused of shooting Steinle to death July 1 in San Francisco as she walked along a pier with her father. 

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A few states are protecting religious freedom

Religious Liberty
by Mary Reichard
Posted 9/14/15, 02:25 pm

Two state legislatures are trying to bring some order to the legal chaos created when the U.S. Supreme Court imposed a new marriage definition on all 50 states. Kentucky, where embattled Christian county clerk Kim Davis resides, is not one of them. 

Utah and North Carolina have moved to protect freedom of conscience, though countermoves from federal agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission are creating jagged edges of legal complexity.

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Demolishing homes, churches for the 'public good'

by Mary Reichard
Posted 9/08/15, 03:08 pm

Houston’s Fifth Ward, once known as the Bloody Nickel, is a community plagued by crime, drugs, and violence. It’s also home to two churches that work to redeem the community: First Christian Fellowship Missionary Baptist and Latter Day Deliverance Revival Center. Even as life in the Fifth Ward has improved, the city is threatening to turn out the churches’ lights. 

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