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Website of the Week for Feb. 7, 2005

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

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The Encyclopedia of World History,

This fine addition to Bartleby's collection of reference tools is authoritative and comprehensive.

It covers ancient, medieval, and modern time (up to 2000) in over 20,000 entries.

Users may browse the outline or subject index or search for names, words, and phrases.

The legal world is well-represented in this new edition. A search for "judges" retrieved 38 entries, including:

  • Iran, Dec. 27, 1936: A new law required all judges in the state courts to receive modern legal training. Members of the religious establishment were no longer to be admitted as judges without the appropriate training.
  • Guatemala, April 26, 1998: Human rights advocate and Catholic bishop Juan José Gerardi was murdered. In a situation of rampant politically motivated violence, the case remained unsolved. One year later, the chief prosecutor and two judges resigned because of repeated death threats.
  • Sweden & Finland, 1770s: Torture abolished; illegitimate children's status improved; and judges and officers reviewed—many removed from office.
  • England & Scotland, May, 1679: Habeas Corpus Act required judges to issue any prisoner a writ of habeas corpus, directing the jailer to produce the body of the prisoner and show cause for his imprisonment; prisoners should be indicted in the first term of their imprisonment and sentenced no later than the second term. Once found innocent, a prisoner could not be retried for the same crime.

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