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Quick hits: ‘Cultural marriage’ defense a no-go

  • A Maryland appeals court ruled that a skate boarder struck and killed by a passing car was subject to same the standard of care imposed on “vehicle” operators regarding rights of way. (Wooldridge v. Price)
  • The Indiana Supreme Court has decided that the owners of a shopping center are not entitled to consequential damages from the state for street construction that restricts customer traffic. (State v. Kimco of Evansville, Inc.)
  • The Wisconsin Court of Appeals rejected a “cultural marriage” defense raised by a statutory rape defendant who claimed the 14-year-old victim was his wife under an arranged marriage orchestrated by his family in Southeast Asia. (State v. Lor)

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