Milestones Mar. 17, 2003

UPHELD. By the SUPREME COURT, California's "THREE STRIKES" law, which sends repeat offenders to prison for 25 years to life, and Megan's Law, which alerts the public to the names, addresses and photographs of sex offenders after they have been released from prison. The court rejected arguments that the popular law-and-order measures--prompted by the murders of two young girls, Polly Klaas in California and Megan Kanka in New Jersey--were unduly harsh and said they were necessary to protect the public.

RESIGNING. JANET REHNQUIST, 45, as Inspector General of the Health and Human Services Department; on June 1; amid a congressional...

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