MEXICO . . . ZEDILLO CLEANS UP

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Newly-innaugurated President Ernesto Zedillo is wasting no time going after corruption in Mexico's court system and other corners of the government in the wake of two political assassinations and widespread drug wars. Five days after taking office, the former economist today announced judicial reforms to strengthen the powers of the legislature and weaken the power of the presidency. Among the details: a request that Mexico's Congress reshape the nation's Supreme Court, overhaul corrupt police forces, ensure aggressive prosecutions, and guarantee free legal services for the poor. Zedillo made clear that justice isn't the only motive -- Mexico was a favorite of foreign investors before violence threatened the free-market reforms that had improved the country's economic prospects.