1. What to do with Abdul Rahman?

Afghan officials are investigating the mental fitness of the man on trial for converting to Christianity. "The court said two of Mr. Rahman's relatives, a daughter and a cousin, had told the court that Mr. Rahman had mental problems," writes The New York Times. Also, officials are looking into whether Rahman acquired dual citizenship while living in Germany, Greece, or Belgium. But prosecutors are vowing to keep the trial on track. They have denied that Rahman will soon be released, despite media reports to the contrary. And Afghan clerics and other citizens are insisting that Rahman must be tried under Shari'ah law.

2. Pastor's wife sorry for murder

Mary Winkler has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of her husband, the pastor of Fourth Street Church of Christ in Selmer, Tennessee. According to a friend who visited her in jail, "She just said she was sorry and for me to write a note to the church saying that she was sorry for everything she had done." Police have not released Winkler's motive, but said it was not related to infidelity.

3. Senate makes exception for Good Samaritans

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would exempt social service groups from prosecution for assisting illegal immigrants. "The provision, if adopted by the full Senate, would set up a conflict with the House, which passed a bill late last year that would make any such assistance a crime," writes The New York Times. Demonstrations have run throughout the country recently. "More than a half-million demonstrators marched in Los Angeles on Saturday, as many as 300,000 in Chicago on March 10, and — in between — tens of thousands in Denver, Phoenix, Milwaukee and elsewhere." L.A. ...

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