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Arab News

by Essam Al-Ghalib

November 2, 2003

A fifth grade student at the King Khaled Air Base Elementary School in Khamis Mushayt required stitches to his head after being struck by a female teacher for not doing his homework.

"We would all get beaten. We were beaten with canes, wooden paddles, hands, even plastic tubing. Sometimes we were hit hard enough to leave bruises. And because it was done in front of everyone, it was humiliating. We got hit for not doing our homework, talking in class, just normal kid's stuff," he said.<br><br>Although the practice is widespread, it is illegal to strike a child in schools in Saudi Arabia.

WorldNetDaily.com

October 31, 2003

In custody case orders child's religious upbringing must not expose her to idea homosexuality wrong

A Colorado mother is appealing a child custody decision in which a court barred her from teaching homosexuality is wrong. <br><br>Cheryl Clark, who says she is a Christian, has been ordered by Denver County Circuit Judge John W. Coughlin to "make sure that there is nothing in the religious upbringing or teaching that the minor child is exposed to that can be considered homophobic."

BBC News (UK)

October 3, 2003

Parents caught with a child out of school could face an on-the-spot fine of up to 100 pounds.

The fines could be imposed by head teachers, police or council officers in England.

Law.com

by Jonathan Ringel

September 8, 2003

In the case of Vaughan v. Cox, No. 00-14380, a three-judge panel on Aug. 29 reversed itself after twice finding immunity for a police officer sued for shooting a fleeing suspect in a high-speed car chase.

Given the 11th Circuit's reputation as a sympathetic court to law enforcement, the about-face in favor of the plaintiff was surprising enough. But what shocked court watchers was that the panel acted on its own, without any motions by either side in the case and without any prompting by the U.S. Supreme Court. Search for <a href="http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/opinions/search.php" target="_blank" title="Eleventh Circuit Opinions - Search by Case Number">Case number: 00-14380</a>

Click on Detroit.com

September 5, 2003

Girl Apparently Wanted Mother's Boyfriend Out Of Picture

The girl set to testify against her mother's boyfriend, James Charles Ardman -- who was held at the Macomb County Jail since May 12 for allegedly sexually assaulting the preteen -- recanted her entire story to prosecutors.<br><br>Apparently the girl had recanted her story at least once before, but at the time, the changes in her story didn't seem compelling enough to believe the accusation was false or the case should be dismissed, the paper reported.

USA Today (IN)

September 5, 2003

Indiana University is allowing a professor to continue posting through the school's Web site a personal log with criticisms of homosexuals despite complaints from some staffers.

"I did not know it was so controversial to provide arguments for why homosexuals should not be employed as school teachers, but it seems that people at universities get excited about opinions that are common, perhaps even the norm, elsewhere in the United States," Rasmusen wrote in an e-mail to the Indiana Daily Student newspaper.

The Christian Science Monitor

by Amanda Paulson and Abraham McLaughlin

September 4, 2003

On the surface, this week's ruling by the Ninth Circuit court of appeals - overturning the death sentences of more than 100 inmates in Arizona, Montana, and Idaho - is the latest sign of statistical retreat for capital punishment in America.

Reflect Americans' ambivalence about a penalty that most still believe in but are more hesitant to inflict. On the one hand, legislatures are enacting tough-on-crime laws. Attorney General John Ashcroft has been an active proponent of tough sentencing. And 74 percent of Americans favor the death penalty for a person convicted of murder, according to the latest Gallup Poll in May. (The number drops to 53 percent when life without parole is an alternative.)

CBS News.com

August 28, 2003

Rangers in Sequoia National Park have swapped their Smokey Bear hats for helmets, weapons and camouflage.

It's more than a cash crop; it's a cash cow. One plant brings $4,000 on the street. Last year, agents pulled $1.5 billion worth from federal land in California alone - a tenfold increase from nine years ago. They expect to exceed that this year.

The Star-Ledger

by Ana M. Alaya

August 24, 2003

A review finds the average prison time was 11 years for those convicted in child homicide cases

Charles Brown, aka Tweety Bird, an unemployed airbrush painter in Salem County with 35 arrests, repeatedly punched his 18-month-old son because the child was crying. The judge sentenced him to eight years for the boy's death. With good behavior, he will be out in six years and nine months.

Amarillo Globe News

by Greg Cunningham

August 23, 2003

A four-year legal odyssey that engulfed an entire Panhandle town in a firestorm of controversy came to an end Friday when Gov. Rick Perry pardoned 35 men and women convicted in the controversial 1999 Tulia drug sting.

The cases broke down in March when Coleman gave contradictory statements during evidentiary hearings in Tulia. The testimony led the judge to stop the hearings and recommend the cases of everyone convicted in the bust be overturned. Coleman has since been indicted on perjury charges.<br><br>"Tulia has become a model for what's wrong with the criminal justice system," said Gupta, who helped line up prominent attorneys to join the fight. "It's been so compelling nationally because of the story it tells. What is now needed is for local, state and federal authorities to examine what happened there and put into effect reforms that will keep it from happening again."

      
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