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China Top Court Rules Out Forced Confessions

China's top court has ruled out forced confessions and vowed to reduce miscarriage of justice, in a move that highlights increasing policy emphasis on legal reform.   The directive, issued by China's Supreme People's Court on Thursday, is intended to strengthen the rule of law in a system that many analysts agree still lacks basic elements of judicial independence.    The court says that all levels of the judiciary are required to perform their duties strictly...

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