Death row inmate to be resentenced
AUSTIN, Texas An inmate’s death sentence for strangling a Houston jogger was overturned by a Texas appeals court yesterday because his attorney failed to object to improper statements made by prosecutors.
The Court of Criminal Appeals, in a 7-2 ruling, affirmed the murder conviction of Arthur Lee Burton, 30, but ordered a resentencing, at which prosecutors can ask for the death penalty.
Harris County prosecutors said they will ask the appeals court to reconsider its ruling.
School board revokes graduation standards
SAN FRANCISCO The San Francisco Board of Education has dropped tough graduation requirements for the class of 2001 after learning that 30 percent of the city’s high school seniors would fail to meet the standards.
The board voted unanimously Tuesday, saying it failed to provide enough tutors or extra classes. New graduation requirements are to be presented to the board by February.
In 1997, the board voted to require more math, English, science, arts and foreign language courses, and disallowed the counting of such electives as woodworking and journalism.
Cabdriver ticketed for child left in taxi
CHICAGO A suburban Chicago couple who took a taxi home from O’Hare International Airport unloaded their baggage from the trunk but left a child asleep in the back seat, police said.
Police said the parents were reunited within the hour with their 3-year-old son back at the airport early yesterday after the driver returned there and found the sleeping boy.
The driver, Ashard Aziz, didn’t fare as well. He was confronted by police searching the airport for the boy and slapped with a citation for failing to check the contents of the cab.
The family from the affluent Highland Park suburb was not identified. Mr. Aziz said the couple entered their home separately after he dropped them off, an indication that each may have thought the other had the boy.