1989- DC courts release Elizabeth Morgan after 759 days in jail for hiding the whereabouts of her daughter for protection. Carrying Yellow roses Elizabeth Morgan was freed after President Bush signed a special law that would be debated quickly to provide her release.
‘Morgan, whose refusal to obey a visitation order led D.C. Superior Court Judge Herbert B. Dixon Jr. to jail her in August 1987, remained defiant yesterday. She vowed to continue her campaign to strip Eric A. Foretich, her former husband, of his parental rights over their daughter Hilary, and she said Hilary would remain in hiding until the case was resolved to her satisfaction.
Asked if she would provide evidence of Hilary’s well-being, Morgan said, “I really feel I owe it to her to keep her safe, not to satisfy people’s curiosity . . . . The one thing I have learned in the two years I have kept her safe is that by giving no information I’m protecting her.” Morgan, who dissolved her marriage to Foretich shortly before Hilary’s birth seven years ago, asserts that her former husband sexually assaulted Hilary from about the age of 2. Foretich, who denies the allegations, contends that Morgan is mentally ill.”
How Mothers Are Destroyed When They Try to Protect Their Children
In my updated edition of Mothers on Trial: The Battle for Children and Custody, I had no choice but to label some of what is happening as follows: “Court Enabled Incest in the 1980s and 1990s;” “Court Enabled Incest in the Twenty-first Century;” and “Legal Torture From 1986-2010.”
Some judges can be bought; many absolutely cannot. I know there are good judges and good mental health professionals. They may be in the minority and they may also be pressured to “give the violent man what he wants and just move the case along.” Or, when a battered, protective mother keeps insisting on re-visiting the case, she will be seen as the problem and will be punished for daring to annoy a very busy judge.
Some lawyers, both male and female, mistrust and dislike women. I know that good lawyers exist—but even good lawyers cannot afford to represent relatively indigent battered mothers pro bono for anywhere from 4 to 10 or 15 years. The cost of doing so is astronomical and can destroy a lawyer’s practice and peace of mind. And, when a lawyer goes too far in zealously representing the best interests of a battered mother and her sexually abused child, chances are he might be cited for contempt and have his law license suspended.
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