- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 15, 2004

Evangelist Graham hospitalized after fall

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Evangelist Billy Graham was hospitalized Friday for the second time this year after he fell at his home, A. Larry Ross, a spokesman for Mr. Graham said.

Mr. Graham, 85, was said to be in stable condition at a hospital. Preliminary test results indicated a possible hairline fracture of the pelvis.

The spokesman said that Mr. Graham is resting comfortably and was grateful for prayers on his behalf.

Mr. Ross said the accident was similar to one in early January, when Mr. Graham fell and broke his left hip in a hotel room in Jacksonville, Fla. Mr. Graham had partial hip-replacement surgery and was hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic until Feb. 2.

Judge apologizes to pregnant lawyer

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A judge who berated a pregnant lawyer for showing up in his courtroom in maternity clothes has mailed her a letter of apology, a court spokeswoman said.

Pamela M. Roberson was eight months pregnant when she attended a hearing on April 27 in an oversized white shirt and black pants.

According to court transcripts, Superior Court Judge Thomas N. Thrasher Sr. told Mrs. Roberson her appearance “leaves a lot to be desired, as far as your clothing is concerned.”

“My wardrobe options are pretty limited at this time, your honor,” Mrs. Roberson responded. “I don’t really appreciate your commenting on my appearance.”

Superior Court spokeswoman Carole Levitzky said Judge Thrasher mailed his letter to Mrs. Roberson on Friday, apologizing “for any discomfort or embarrassment that may have resulted from his comment.”

Officers cleared in man’s death

DALLAS — A grand jury declined Friday to indict a police officer who used a controversial neck hold to subdue a man who died after officers failed to try to resuscitate him.

Relatives of the deceased man, Allen Simpson, criticized decision not to indict Officer Seth Rosenberg on criminal charges. Officer Simpson died Dec. 28 after losing consciousness when Mr. Rosenberg restrained him with a “sleeper hold” that restricts blood flow to the brain.

“I don’t feel like justice has been done for this police officer to be no-billed,” Mr. Simpson’s mother, Bernadine Thompson, told the Dallas Morning News.

Another officer who assisted in the arrest, Lonnie Howard, also was not indicted.

Couple ordered to have no more children

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — When a drug-addicted homeless woman had her newborn taken away last spring, she agreed the baby should be placed in foster care with her three other children.

A year later, a judge delivered a startling postscript: She ordered the parents to have no more children until they prove they can look after the ones they already have.

“All babies deserve more than to be born to parents who have proven they cannot possibly raise or parent a child,” Family Court Judge Marilyn O’Connor wrote in a 12-page opinion. “The cycle of neglect … needs to stop.”

The unusual ruling has outraged civil libertarians and was made all the more difficult by the revelation that the mother of the 1-year-old girl, whose name appears on court papers only as Stephanie, already is pregnant again.

However, many lauded the government’s desire to ensure children are raised in a healthy environment.

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