- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 20, 2004

Woman sentenced for illegal adoptions

SEATTLE — A Seattle-area woman accused of placing for adoption impoverished Cambodian children who were not orphans has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Lauryn Galindo pleaded guilty to money laundering and visa fraud for lying about the background of children who she placed for adoption through Seattle International Adoptions Inc., reported the Seattle Post-Intelligencer yesterday.

She and her sister, Lynn Devin, operated the adoption agency out of Mercer Island, Wash., where Miss Devin’s home is located and where the two women arranged about 800 adoptions.

Galindo also must forfeit $1.4 million in equity in her home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the cash value of her Jaguar and other assets, as well as pay nearly $68,000 in restitution to seven families for whom she arranged adoptions, the Post-Intelligencer said.

Prosecutors accused Galindo of falsifying the children’s names, dates of birth, places of birth and family history, therefore many of the adopted children might never learn their true identity.

Man camps out on adult bookstore

SALINA, Kan. — A man spent a week on the roof of one of two adult bookstores in town to protest a movement to have the stores investigated for obscenity.

Ray Morris, 38, came down from his perch on top of Behind Closed Doors yesterday morning after staying in a tent there since the previous Saturday.

“I can’t stress enough that I am not promoting porn,” Mr. Morris said. “I’m promoting the idea of choice. Everyone has a right to choose whether they want to enter these stores.”

Local residents are gathering signatures in a petition drive to force a grand jury to investigate whether Behind Closed Doors and another store, Priscilla’s, are promoting obscenity by selling sex products.

During his stint on the roof, Mr. Morris displayed a sign urging passing motorists to honk if they support his cause, but a few people also made obscene gestures toward him, he said.

Songwriter, producer Terry Melcher dies

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