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Nation in brief

Inquiry into Till's death complete, FBI says

By wire services
Published November 24, 2005

JACKSON, Miss. - The FBI says it has completed its investigation into the 1955 killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till, a brutal slaying that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

"The investigation is done," FBI spokesman Mike Turner said Tuesday. "There's a report that's being prepared by the case agent."

The report on the reopened case is expected to be delivered before the end of the year to District Attorney Joyce Chiles of Greenville, who has said when she receives it she will decide whether to have a grand jury consider indictments.

Till, a black teenager from Chicago, was visiting relatives in Mississippi in August 1955 when he was tortured and killed, purportedly for whistling at a white woman.

An all-white jury acquitted Roy Bryant and his half brother, J.W. Milam, in the killing, and the defendants have since died. Many have considered Till's death and the subsequent trial a catalyst for starting the civil rights movement.

The U.S. Justice Department reopened the case last year.

Georgia judge rules married teen a delinquent

GAINESVILLE, Ga. - A judge on Wednesday declared a 15-year-old boy a delinquent for violating his probation by skipping school to marry a 37-year-old woman who is pregnant with the boy's child.

The boy, identified only by his initials "A.S.G.," admitted in a juvenile court hearing to violating his probation on a previous burglary conviction by missing school and leaving home Nov. 8 to marry Lisa Lynnette Clark of Gainesville.

Clark faces child molestation charges and cannot come within 100 feet of the boy.

Juvenile Court Judge Mary Carden ordered the boy not to have contact with Clark in person, by letters, phone calls, or through others. The judge also ordered him to enter into an alcohol and drug treatment program and to have counseling.

Carden said the boy would remain on probation and was prohibited from returning home with his grandmother, Judy Hayles, who was his guardian. He will be allowed to leave county custody as soon as another relative is selected as his guardian.

Hayles filed a police report Oct. 6 when she learned from a friend that Clark was pregnant. Georgia law allows children of any age to marry - without parental consent - if the bride-to-be is pregnant.

Court rules against girl's biological parents

MEMPHIS - A state appeals court refused Wednesday to return a 6-year-old Chinese girl to the biological parents who put her in the custody of an American couple shortly after her birth.

The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in upholding a lower court decision that took away the parental rights of Shaoqiang "Jack" He and Qin Luo "Casey" He to their first-born child, Anna Mae.

A five-year struggle by the Hes, who live in Memphis, to regain custody of Anna Mae has drawn support from the Chinese Embassy in Washington.

The decision, which rests on the legal definition of child abandonment under Tennessee law, will be appealed to the state Supreme Court, said David Siegel, a lawyer for the Hes.

Anna Mae, meanwhile, will remain with Jerry and Louise Baker who have raised her since shortly after her birth in January 1999.

[Last modified November 24, 2005, 00:19:08]

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