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Bill to give judges pretrial discretion nears vote in Alaska

from KTVA-TV

Legislation to provide judges additional pretrial hearing discretion is inching closer to a House vote in Alaska. On Wednesday night, the House Judiciary Committee melded Gov. Bill Walker's pretrial release bill with a second piece of crime legislation. The House on Thursday then waived the bill out of the finance committee, placing it on a faster track for a vote. Walker and some lawmakers have pushed for changes that give judges additional authority. more

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