July 15, 2005
The Abortion Clinic Rapist
Police: Owner of Modeling Agency Rapes Teen Models in Abortion Clinic
BRIDGEPORT -- The owner of a local modeling agency was charged Thursday with sexually assaulting three Norwalk teenagers he recruited to be models.
When one, a 14-year-old girl, expressed concern that she was pregnant, police said agency owner Michael Britt took her into the adjacent Summit Women's Center, where he allegedly had intercourse with her under the guise of giving her an abortion.
Britt, 42, was taken into custody shortly before noon at his agency, Model World Enterprises, by officers from the Police Department's Youth Bureau. They also seized computers from his office.
He is charged with first-degree sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.
He was held in lieu of $250,000 bond pending arraignment today in Superior Court.
Britt, of Beechmont Avenue, has operated the modeling business above the abortion clinic at 3787 Main St. for at least several months. He previously has worked with the city's homeless and at one time operated a hot dog cart on State Street.
There was no answer at the agency's door late Thursday afternoon.
Tanya Little, administrator for Summit Women's Center, said Britt is a tenant in the center's building, but "he has no connection with our patients." Asked if it were possible for him to gain access to the Summit clinic, she responded: "I have no knowledge of that."
According to police, the three teens — ages 18, 17 and 14 — complained on April 14 they had been sexually assaulted by Britt, who recruited them with the promise of modeling jobs.
The 14-year-old said she met Britt at his agency, where he told her he could make her a model, according to police. When the teen expressed concern that she might be pregnant, police said Britt told her he was part-owner of the abortion clinic and could do an exam to find out if she was indeed pregnant.
Britt took the girl downstairs to the empty clinic, where he removed her clothing and performed what he claimed was a gynecological examination, police said. Britt later told the girl he was able to determine she was pregnant, but added that he could perform an abortion so she could resume her modeling career, police said.
On another occasion, Britt allegedly brought the teen to the clinic, where police said he had intercourse with her, claiming he was applying a special abortion cream. The girl later went to her own doctor, who told her she was still pregnant, police said.
The 18-year-old told police that Britt said he could get her modeling jobs, but she first had to develop a certain physical technique as she walked. He then allegedly had her remove her clothes to have intercourse with her in order to foster this modeling skill.
"This is what it takes to be a model; if you want to be a model this is what you are going to have to do," Britt told the teen, according to police.
Posted by Editor at 11:42 AM
Moore touted for Supreme Court
WASHINGTON -- At a time when a number of court watchers are urging President Bush to nominate a Supreme Court candidate who can quickly win Senate confirmation, one group is pushing a man who could be the biggest judicial lightning rod in the country.
The Conservative Caucus on Wednesday raised former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s name as a potential jurist to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Caucus members called Moore the perfect candidate for the Supreme Court.
“Judge Roy Moore is precisely the kind of jurist that President Bush says he wants on the high court," said the Rev. Rob Schenck, president of the National Clergy Council and a member of the Conservative Caucus, speaking Wednesday at a news conference. “Judge Moore will never surrender his principles in favor of politics, prestige or personal gain."
Moore was essentially unknown outside of Alabama until he sparked controversy two years ago for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama Judicial Building. An ethics panel ousted Moore from his job in 2003.
Caucus members defended Moore’s refusal to remove the monument, saying that he was in fact upholding the law against an unconstitutional order. Chairman Howard Phillips said Moore took an oath to the Constitution, and he said that pledge transcends any court decisions.
Bryan Fair, a constitutional law professor at the University of Alabama, called the idea far-fetched. He said Bush likely would nominate a less controversial figure to the bench.
“[Moore’s] vision of the Constitution is far out of the mainstream, and it’s been recommended to Bush that he find someone with a mainstream view," Fair said.
Moore is expected to decide this fall whether he will run for governor next year. Moore’s supporters are confident that he will do what he thinks is his duty to God and his country, conservative politician and former presidential hopeful Alan Keyes said during the news conference.
The caucus has gathered about 122,000 signatures from caucus members who support Moore, Keyes said.
Moore declined to comment through a spokesman at his organization, Foundation for Moral Law Inc.
Elliot Mincberg, vice president of People for the American Way, said he has not seen any indication that the Bush administration is considering Moore for the job and that the chances of his name being seriously considered are slim. Instead, the caucus may be backing Moore to show the president what kind of judge it wants to see on the bench, Mincberg said.
“It’s part of an overall campaign by the right to oppose the idea of consensus nominees," he said.
Posted by Editor at 09:30 AM
July 14, 2005
'Dirty' Abortionist Sues Medical Board
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A former Kansas City, Kan., abortion doctor has sued the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, claiming it acted as an agent for abortion opponents.
Krishna Rajanna filed the petition Monday afternoon in Wyandotte County District Court, seeking a review of the board’s revocation of his medical license last month. He asked the court to reinstate his license.
Rajanna alleged that the board’s action was unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious and that it was taken only after members of an anti-abortion group voiced their displeasure with actions taken against him following a yearlong investigation into his clinic at 1030 Central Ave.
Larry Buening, the board’s executive director, on Tuesday dismissed the claim that the board had assumed an anti-abortion stance. He said the board has been criticized by anti-abortion groups as being too liberal.
Mark Stafford, the board’s general counsel, said the board had yet to be served with the lawsuit, so he could not speak to its merit. Nonetheless, the board’s view on abortion was irrelevant, he said, because its ruling had been decided on the facts of the case.
The board pulled Rajanna’s license on June 11, after inspections turned up such things as a dead mouse in the clinic hallway, filled syringes in an unlocked refrigerator, carpeting in a surgical area and a facility that was generally unkempt.
Rajanna denied those charges.
In his lawsuit, Rajanna said that on Feb. 12, he had entered into a consent order to improve conditions at the clinic. Among other things, the order required him to become certified to revive patients whose hearts might stop. Rajanna accepted a $1,000 fine.
Rajanna said that he complied with the order, but on March 25 the board temporarily suspended his license after two surprise inspections. The board unanimously voted to revoke his license June 11.
Rajanna said that conditions at the clinic did not pose a threat to the public health or safety. Moreover, he said, his record of service was exceptional and he never caused harm to any patient.
He also said that anti-abortion groups had submitted documents to the board outside the administrative hearing. He said that he had been unaware of those documents and was not provided copies.
Posted by Editor at 10:47 AM
July 11, 2005
Billy Graham's Daughter Arrested
Meet Virginia Graham Foreman. The 59-year-old Florida woman, the eldest child of Rev. Billy Graham, is facing a domestic violence rap for allegedly choking and pushing her husband during a bizarre roadway dispute last Friday. According to a charging affidavit, Foreman, a public speaker who has authored several Christian-oriented books, got into a beef with her husband Chad as he piloted a Mustang along State Road 44 in New Smyrna Beach. After Foreman abruptly placed the car in neutral, her husband "exited the vehicle to avoid an altercation."
According to witnesses, with the car now parked in the road with the driver's door open, Foreman followed her departing husband and "grabbed the victim by the neck in a choking manner." Foreman then got into the car and drove to the parking lot of an adjacent K-Mart, where her husband was hiding behind a truck, according to witnesses. When police asked Chad Foreman, 53, about his wife grabbing him around the neck, he replied that "she was upset and did not mean any harm by it." Chad said that Virginia was upset about an incident from earlier that evening, adding that "she did not need to be arrested."
Police disagreed, and charged Foreman with misdemeanor domestic violence and briefly booked her into the Volusia County Jail, where the below mug shot was snapped. Describing her bust as a "false arrest," Foreman told TSG that her hands were on her husband's shoulders, not around his throat. "If you knew my husband, you'd know that nobody puts their hands around his neck," she said. Foreman's statements to police were redacted from the charging affidavit due to a state law that prohibits the release of "confessions" until after a case is adjudicated. Foreman, however, disputed that she had admitted throttling her husband, telling TSG that she made no statements to the arresting officer.
Evangelist's daughter jailed in New Smyrna
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The daughter of the world's most influential evangelist was arrested a week ago in the parking lot of a discount store, accused of domestic battery against her husband. Virginia Graham Foreman, 59 -- Billy Graham's daughter -- spent a night in jail after New Smyrna Beach police said she physically abused her husband, Chad, on July 1 in the parking lot of the Kmart on State Road 44. She was released on her own recognizance the following day.
Posted by Editor at 08:07 AM