Elizabeth Morgan case

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Elizabeth Morgan

American plastic surgeon and mother

Abstract

Elizabeth Morgan and the two national laws passed for her

Biography lead section

Jean Elizabeth Morgan, M.D., Ph.D. Psychology (b. 1946 in Washington, D.C.) is a plastic surgeon who was involved in a widely publicized and long-running child custody case over her daughter Hilary Foretich (now known as Elena Mitrano). Morgan claimed that the father, Eric Foretich, an oral surgeon, had sexually abused Hilary. During the course of the case, Morgan was incarcerated for two years, and following her release from prison she went into hiding overseas. After Morgan sent Hilary into hiding, Foretich never regained custody of his daughter. The Congress of the United States passed two laws as a result of this case, the latter of which was declared unconstitutional.

Family background

Both of Elizabeth Morgan's parents are trained as clinical psychologists.

William J. Morgan was a clinical psychologist and former member of the Central Intelligence Agency staff who had written of his World War II years as a soldier and member of the OSS as a spy trainer.
http://www.nytimes.com/1996/03/05/us/william-morgan-85-part-of-famed-child-custody-case-dies.html

Antonia Morgan grow up in Britain and was an activist for women's rights. Antonia Mary Farquharson Bell was born October 5, 1914, in Twickenham, near London. A survivor of the 1918 flu pandemic at the age of 4, she was home-schooled until she was 10. As a senior at the Wimbledon School for Girls, she won full academic scholarships to Oxford and Cambridge on the same day
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/20/AR2006042002023.html

William and Antonia met during World War II, married in 1944 and settled in Washington, DC in 1946. They had their children. They divorced around 1980.

William was involved in the Cold War, preparing spies as bait where real spies watched as Russian counterintelligence agents studied the unwitting decoys.

Hilary Morgan Case

Morgan had already published a book entitled The Making of a Woman Surgeon and was the medical columnist for Cosmopolitan magazine from March 1973 to March 1980.

Morgan first met Foretich in 1981 at the hospital where they both were on the staff. Foretich’s second marriage was breaking up at the time; after dating Foretich for a two months, Morgan became pregnant, and the two flew to Haiti and were married.

When Morgan moved in with Foretich, she brought her mother Antonia Morgan along to live with them. Elizabeth and Antonia spent many nights locked in the upstairs bathroom just talking as Elizabeth's pregnancy progressed.

Elizabeth and Antonia together left Foretich in early August and their daughter Hilary was born August 21, 1982. Morgan filed for divorce in Haiti in November. On March 11, 1983, Morgan filed for custody of Hilary.

By August 1983, her father, William Morgan , first suggested that Foretich might be sexually abusing Hilary. William was first to suggest abuse. Morgan at first resisted such suggestions that sexual abuse was involved when the only evidence was what appeared to be diaper rash, but she later agreed with her father.

After a trial in November 1985, the judge awarded custody to Morgan and overnight visitation rights to Foretich. In 1985, Morgan accused Foretich of sexually abusing Hilary and started another custody case. The primary psychologist on each side in the ensuing cases, Mary Froning and Elissa Benedek had different fears: Froning claimed to fear for Hilary’s safety but Benedek claimed to fear for her own safety when dealing with Morgan.

Eventually, Morgan even accused both of Foretich’s parents of sexually assaulting Hilary.

The Public War over a Child Ugly
Sandra G. Boodman
August 26, 1986
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1986/08/26/the-public-war-over-a-child-ugly/b5c71965-9420-46ac-bdcc-fc8545dd67ec/

Morgan published in 1986 a book entitled Custody: A True Story, about her initial custody struggle with Foretich.

Froning had over 70 sessions with Hilary over a period of 18 months. Another Morgan expert, psychiatrist David Corwin, spent over 200 hours evaluating Hilary’s case. After a trial, a jury found in favor of Foretich and his parents. Around this time, Foretich’s daughter from another marriage also said she was sexually abused by her father. Her therapist advised not to let the other daughter to see Dr. Foretich. In the subsequent TV movie (see below) of the case, the daughter’s name was “Hayley.”

http://www.psych.med.umich.edu/alumni/profile/elissa-benedek.asp
https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-corwin-a2163b11

Via Washington Post article of circa 1994-11-15:

“To many, Morgan came across as an unpleasant woman: vindictive, manipulative, messianic.”

Republished in these newspapers:

Custody Battle Spans Nine Years, An Ocean, Most Of Girl's Lifetime
November 15, 1994
http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19941115&slug=1942041

Happily Ever After?
December 5, 1994
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-12-05/news/ls-5235_1_elizabeth-morgan

Hiding Hilary and jail

After other inconclusive motions and appeals, the presiding family court judge, Herbert Dixon , in 1987 ordered unsupervised visitation for Foretich. Dixon then found Morgan to be in contempt of court and in August 1987 sent her to jail.

Morgan had sent Hilary into hiding with her parents, who had remarried. The grandparents and child fled the USA, travelled to several places around the world and settled in 1988 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Hilary’s name was changed to Ellen Morgan.

For the next two years, Morgan’s incarceration received a great deal of publicity. She convinced famous and influential people, including Charles Colson that abuse had indeed occurred. Morgan’s legal expenses approached $1 million. A great deal of press coverage ensued. In August 1989 a reporter sympathetic to Foretich wrote, “a media-savvy Elizabeth Morgan is winning in jail what she couldn’t win in the courts – the public relations battle to have Hilary’s father presumed guilty.” Morgan would be released in September 1989 by an act of Congress.

Morgan then went to New Zealand to join her parents and "Ellen Morgan". Unable to practice medicine, she studied for and obtain a PhD in psychology.

ERIC FORETICH: LOSER IN DR. MORGAN'S WAR
by Cathryn Donohoe
The Washington Times
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!msg/soc.men/c77HsrGpKUQ/0JyCUtg2MGgJ

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Colson

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104920/
A Mother's Right: The Elizabeth Morgan Story (TV Movie 1992) Bonnie Bedelia, Terence Knox,

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-mother-s-right-the-elizabeth-morgan-story-based-child-abuse-custody-case

https://ballotpedia.org/Herbert_B._Dixon,_Jr%2E

Review of film:
November 27, 1992
http://www.ew.com/article/1992/11/27/mothers-right-elizabeth-morgan-story

Media coverage

Morgan, as a surgeon in Washington, D.C., in 1980 published a successful book titled ”The Making of a Woman Surgeon”, which recounted the rigors of her training in this predominantly male profession. The publication of the book was covered by Reader’s Digest. Morgan wrote the ”Reader’s Digest” article, “Give the Lady a Knife”; the title was presented as having been said by a male surgeon. She would later appear on the cover of People magazine and at about the same time in a Life Magazine article with an extensive set of photos.

Her story was also covered in the June 1990 edition of Vanity Fair Magazine as the “Elizabeth Morgan case”.

Congressional interventions

The U.S. Congress intervened twice to see that the existing laws did not apply to Elizabeth Morgan. Once in 1989 and again in 1996. See below.

After being freed on September 25, 1989, Morgan traveled to New Zealand and rejoin Hilary and the grandparents. Foretich searched and was able to locate Hilary in Christchurch in February 1990. After attempting to resume the custody struggle under New Zealand law, Foretich gave up, in part because of the financial burden of pursuing the matter. Morgan and family returned to the USA in 1997 after the second congressional intervention, freed of Judge Dixon's jurisdiction.

Elsa Newman case (2002)

In 2002, Morgan was involved as a consultant in another controversial child custody case.

Elsa Newman , an attorney, was in a custody fight with her husband, Arlen Slobodow. Concerned that Newman represented a flight risk, Judge S. Michael Pincus said, “I don’t want another Elizabeth Morgan case in my courtroom.” According to an online Washingtonian article, Newman did in fact consult Morgan.

When Newman sought her advice, Morgan responded in e-mail: “I don’t have the answers. I only know the choices, which are grim: Give in and accept the incest, kill the abuser, or grab the kids and run.”

On January 7, 2002, Newman’s close friend, Foreign Service officer Margery Lemb Landry, wearing a ski mask, broke into Slobodow’s home while he was sleeping, and with the children present, shot him twice in the leg. Just before shooting him, Landry had planted child pornography in Slobodow’s home.

Slobodow did survive; Landry pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to a twenty-year prison term. Newman was convicted of conspiracy in a jury trail, and also received a twenty-year sentence. After their arrests, neither was granted bail. Morgan, in a letter to the presiding judge, supported Newman’s release before her conviction. Newman’s conviction was overturned on a procedural error and in her re-trial, she received an similar sentence: life in prison with all but 20 years suspended. She is inmate #921975 at Maryland Correctional Institution for Women at Jessup.

https://www.dpscs.state.md.us/locations/mciw.shtml

Deadly Triangle
June 1, 2002
https://www.washingtonian.com/2002/06/01/deadly-triangle/

Post-return events and current status

William Morgan returned to the USA in 1995 due to illness and died in 1996.

Morgan returned to the USA and Washington D.C. in 1997. While in New Zealand, she had earned a PhD in psychology. In Washington D.C., as of 1997, she re-built her medical practice (plastic surgery), prominently noting her new PhD, which segued nicely with promoting her practice as a plastic surgeon.

During this time, Morgan resumed her public speaking.She offered herself as a “beacon of hope” that protective parents can free their children from harm.Since her return from New Zealand, Morgan has made public appearances and speeches, focusing on custody issues, child abuse and mother’s rights. An organization called The Friends of Elizabeth Morgan"(later known as ARCH) was on watchlists of groups that monitor child custody issues. Morgan compared Maryland’s family-court judges to the Spanish Inquisition in their potential to inflict cruelty.

ARCH: The Alliance for the Rights of Children
http://web.archive.org/web/20010419230630/www.springfield.va.us/organizations/arch.html

In her own words Morgan said publicly that “Osama bin Laden had nothing to teach me about evil on September 11.”

In 2005, Morgan moved to Los Angeles to be with Hilary (now known as Elena Mitrano). Ellen Morgan changed her name again, this time to Elena Mitrano and became a singer with music focusing on abuse issues. In September of 2005, Dr. Morgan moved her practice to Los Angeles to spend more time with Elena.

Foretich lives with his fourth wife and their two boys.

Antonia Morgan returned to the USA in 1997 with the others and died in 2006.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/20/AR2006042002023.html

Elena Mitrano lives in Los Angeles and attempted a career in singing and now works in manufacturing.

http://self.gutenberg.org/articles/elena_mitrano

https://myspace.com/emitrano
https://twitter.com/ElenaMitrano

https://www.youtube.com/user/ElenaMitrano
She released a CD in 2008 entitled "Rescue Me".

http://www.mtv.com/artists/elena-mitrano/
http://www.allmusic.com/artist/elena-mitrano-mn0002127901
https://www.amazon.com/Elena-Mitrano/e/B001LHCEYG

"Voiceless" music video by Elena Mitrano
April 8, 2008

October 28, 2008
Little girl smuggled to NZ now a singer
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/693088/Little-girl-smuggled-to-NZ-now-a-singer

Custody battle girl finds a voice at last
October 29, 2008
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/archive/national-news/693791/Custody-battle-girl-finds-a-voice-at-last

https://www.linkedin.com/in/elena-mitrano-b3287414

In 2009, Elizabeth Morgan moved to the Atlanta, Georgia. She is still a practicing surgeon and maintains a practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

http://www.morgancosmeticsurgery.com/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-morgan-md-phd-facs-007a207

Morgan describes herself as: "As an internationally known plastic surgeon with an PhD and MPH, I have a life long interest in providing the best possible cosmetic plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments, combined with education of my patients and the public in anti-aging beyond plastic surgery."

https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth-Morgan-MD-Cosmetic-Plastic-Surgery-150567768289628/

Best Cosmetic Surgeon in Atlanta, GA | Dr Morgan (404) 941-3200
February 20, 2014

http://www.locateadoc.com/elizabeth-morgan-md/about

Morgan was involved in a hearing in Atlanta involving another surgeon:

Doctor at risk of losing license following patient deaths
September 22, 2015
http://www.cbs46.com/story/30092495/doctor-at-risk-of-losing-license-following-patient-deaths

http://www.whitepages.com/business/jean-elizabeth-morgan-md-atlanta-ga

Foretich still practices oral surgery in McLean, Virginia:

http://www.mcleanoralsurgery.com/meet-us/meet-the-doctor/
http://www.yelp.com/biz/mclean-oral-and-maxillofacial-surgery-mclean
https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericforetichddsma
https://www.facebook.com/TheElegantFace

Publications by Morgan

”The Making of a Woman Surgeon” (Putnam Publishing Group, 1980) ISBN 039912361X.

“Give the Lady a Knife” (”Reader’s Digest”, June 1980)

”Solo Practice” (Berkley Pub. Group, 1982; reprinted 1984) ISBN 0425059715. , JAMA review
http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=375823

Custody: A True Story
1986
ISBN 0316582948
https://www.amazon.com/Custody-True-Story-Elizabeth-Morgan/dp/0316582948

”The Complete Book of Cosmetic Surgery: A Candid Guide for Men, Women, and Teens” (Warner Books, 1988) ISBN 0446513709

“To Save My Child: The Elizabeth Morgan Story” (1997)ISBN 0060175036
https://www.amazon.com/Save-My-Child-Elizabeth-Morgan/dp/0060175036

Further reading

  • Groner, Jonathan (1992) ”Hilary’s Trial: The Elizabeth Morgan Case and the Betrayal of Our Children by America’s Legal System”. (Simon and Schuster) ISBN 0671691767 OCLC 23139179

https://www.amazon.com/Hilarys-Trial-Elizabeth-Morgan-Americas/dp/0671691767
http://www.worldcat.org/title/hilarys-trial-the-elizabeth-morgan-case-a-childs-ordeal-in-americas-legal-system/oclc/23139179
Book review of abovewith discussion by Prof. LeRoy SchultzLA Times review of aboveWashington
http://www.ipt-forensics.com/journal/volume5/j5_2_br9.htm
Monthly review of above(there is others online that are also disapproving) 2006
http://articles.latimes.com/1991-07-14/books/bk-3454_1_elizabeth-morgan

Family law armageddon: the story of Morgan v. Foretich– Note: this is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date freely-available works on the matter. 2006
(see below)

FAMILY LAW ARMAGEDDON:

THE STORY OF MORGAN V. FORETICH

By June Carbone and Leslie Joan Harris

Elizabeth Morgan and Eric Foretich’s decade-long war over custody and visitation with their daughter Hilary was the largest and most expensive case the D.C. court system had ever handled. The parties racked up more than $4 million in attorney fees, the trials and hearings generated more than 4,000 pages of transcript, and more than 1,000 articles about the case were published. The case began with a whirlwind romance and an elopement to Haiti, followed quickly by disillusionment, divorce, and a custody fight that involved the grandparents’ flight across the globe to hide the child from her father and the mother’s multi-year imprisonment for failure to disclose the girl’s whereabouts. It took an act of Congress to release the mother from jail, and a second Congressional act to permit mother and daughter to return from New Zealand. In 2003 the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held the second piece of legislation unconstitutional, but by then Hilary had reached the age of majority and escaped the reach of the courts.

For more information on the Bill of Attainder clause in the U.S. Constitution, see
The Rule of Law and the Origins of the Bill of Attainder Clause
By Jacob Reynolds, J.D.
http://amorrow2.pbworks.com/f/Reynolds_Final.pdf

Copyright (c) 2005 St. Thomas Law Review
St. Thomas Law Review
GENERAL ISSUE: NOTES & COMMENTS: THE RULE OF LAW AND THE ORIGINS OF THE BILL OF ATTAINDER CLAUSE
Fall, 2005
18 St. Thomas L. Rev. 177

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_attainder
https://www.linkedin.com/in/jacobareynolds
http://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/student_papers/252/ (subscription required)
https://litigation-essentials.lexisnexis.com/webcd/app?action=DocumentDisplay&crawlid=1&srctype=smi&srcid=3B15&doctype=cite&docid=18+St.+Thomas+L.+Rev.+177&key=f75a210be888c1e510908cdae087a1ed

See also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terri_Schiavo_case
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday_Compromise

G. Allen Dale, Morgan’s attorney during the 1980s. Mentions Morgan in his profile.,
http://www.gallendale.com/

Other source not yet integrated

Vol. 14 No. 13 (p. 44+)
Elizabeth Morgan says she learned women surgeons don’t have to be as good as men – they have to be better
September 29, 1980
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20077509,00.html
(Mentions that Morgan planned to do volunteer work at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in the Republic of Haiti)

Morgan v. Foretich / 528 A.2d 425 (1987)
June 30, 1987
http://law.justia.com/cases/district-of-columbia/court-of-appeals/1987/86-1137-9.html

Charges of Parent Sex Abuse, And a Family Left in Tatters
November 14, 1987
http://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/14/us/charges-of-parent-sex-abuse-and-a-family-left-in-tatters.html

Mother Cites Sex Abuse, Won't Let Father See Child
December 20, 1987
http://articles.latimes.com/1987-12-20/news/mn-29965_1_sexual-abuse

(Same AP story as above)
The Fight For Hilary
December 25, 1987
https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1346&dat=19871225&id=tLpNAAAAIBAJ&sjid=LfwDAAAAIBAJ&pg=1428,4526115&hl=en

846 F.2d 941
May 17, 1988
https://law.resource.org/pub/us/case/reporter/F2/846/846.F2d.941.87-2559.87-2558.87-2550.87-2549.html

Rallying for a Woman
August 24, 1988
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/08/24/us/washington-talk-briefing-rallying-for-a-woman.html

Abroad at Home; Judgment of Solomon
December 15, 1988
http://www.nytimes.com/1988/12/15/opinion/abroad-at-home-judgment-of-solomon.html

Vol. 31 No. 3
Running for Their Lives
January 23, 1989
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20119407,00.html

Defies Judge in Dispute With Ex-Husband
May 7, 1989
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-05-07/news/mn-3463_1_hilary-s-mother-morgan-and-foretich-hilary-s-father

WHO’S TO JUDGE?
May 21, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/05/21/magazine/who-s-to-judge.html

Vol. 31 No. 23
Vowing to Protect Her Child from Rape, Elizabeth Morgan Faces Her 23rd Month in Jail
June 12, 1989
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20120524,00.html

Mother Who Hid Girl Must Stay Behind Bars
June 22, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/22/us/mother-who-hid-girl-must-stay-behind-bars.html

House Acts to Free Woman Held in Child Custody Case
June 29, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/06/29/us/house-acts-to-free-woman-held-in-child-custody-case.html

Votes in Congress; Tally Last Week in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York
July 2, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/02/nyregion/votes-in-congress-tally-last-week-in-connecticut-new-jersey-and-new-york.html

HEADLINERS; Legislating Disputes
July 2, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/02/weekinreview/headliners-legislating-disputes.html

Woman Held in Custody Case Is Out of Punitive Detention
July 16, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/07/16/us/woman-held-in-custody-case-is-out-of-punitive-detention.html

Panel Overruled on Freeing Mother in Capital
August 23, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/08/23/us/panel-overruled-on-freeing-mother-in-capital.html

NEW BILL COULD AID A JAILED MOTHER
September 21, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/21/us/new-bill-could-aid-a-jailed-mother.html

Senate Puts Limit on Child Custody Jailings
September 22, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/22/us/senate-puts-limit-on-child-custody-jailings.html

FOR MORGAN BILL, A QUICK TRIP THROUGH CONGRESSIONAL MAZE
September 23, 1989
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1989/09/23/for-morgan-bill-a-quick-trip-through-congressional-maze/82363dc4-38bb-46e2-b66d-9be3480b1874/

Bush Signs Bill to Release a Mother
September 24, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/24/us/bush-signs-bill-to-release-a-mother.html

PRISON RELEASES A DEFIANT MOTHER
September 26, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/26/us/prison-releases-a-defiant-mother.html

ELIZABETH MORGAN FREED AFTER 759 DAYS IN JAIL
September 26, 1989
https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1989/09/26/elizabeth-morgan-freed-after-759-days-in-jail/c898793c-90c0-4579-bb92-da0ab8aa5f45/

CUSTODY STRUGGLE PRESSED IN CAPITAL
September 27, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/09/27/us/custody-struggle-pressed-in-capital.html

Morgan, Foretich Go At It (WP)
September 27, 1989
http://articles.dailypress.com/1989-09-27/news/8909270126_1_foretich-s-visitation-rights-william-and-antonia-morgan-morgan-s-parents

Readjusting To Life After Jail Elizabeth Morgan Talks Of Her Plans
September 28, 1989
http://articles.philly.com/1989-09-28/news/26100732_1_eric-foretich-morgan-contempt

An Absurd Case Reveals Flaws In Our Legal System
September 28, 1989
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1989-09-28/news/8901170740_1_dr-foretich-sexual-abuse-unsupervised-visits

HEADLINERS; No Compromise
October 1, 1989
http://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/01/weekinreview/headliners-no-compromise.html

A Test Of Wills Over Hilary
October 1, 1989
http://articles.philly.com/1989-10-01/news/26119831_1_mary-froning-elizabeth-morgan-eric-foretich

The Man Who Stood Beside Elizabeth Morgan,
October 5, 1989
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-10-05/news/vw-884_1_elizabeth-morgan

Vol. 32 No. 16
October 16, 1989
A Mother’s First Taste of Freedom
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20121427,00.html

Elizabeth Morgan: Life After Jail
October 24, 1989
http://articles.latimes.com/1989-10-24/news/vw-716_1_elizabeth-morgan

This issue was the cover story, with a cover title of
What She Did For Love
Vol. 32 No. 26
Elizabeth Morgan as an “Intriguing Person of 1989” edition (again, small photo shown on cover)
December 25, 1989
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20116442,00.html

Girl in Custody Case Emerges in New Zealand
February 24, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/24/us/girl-in-custody-case-emerges-in-new-zealand.html

Custody-case Missing Child Is Found In New Zealand
February 24, 1990
http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1990-02-24/news/9001260211_1_foretich-hilary-morgan-new-zealand

Custody Battle Shifts From Washington to New Zealand
February 24, 1990
http://www.apnewsarchive.com/1990/Custody-Battle-Shifts-From-Washington-to-New-Zealand/id-1233120cc4919b543a569b02daad456b

Child’s 15,000-Mile Odyssey In a Troubling Custody Case
February 25, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/25/us/child-s-15000-mile-odyssey-in-a-troubling-custody-case.html

A Life of Strangers and Seedy Motels
February 26, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/26/us/a-life-of-strangers-and-seedy-motels.html

Efforts Grow to Shield Girl in Custody Battle
February 28, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/02/27/us/efforts-grow-to-shield-girl-in-custody-battle.html

At Embassy, a Clue to a Missing Girl
March 1, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/01/us/at-embassy-a-clue-to-a-missing-girl.html

Morgan Receives Passport, Can Go to New Zealand
March 3, 1990
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-03/news/mn-1412_1_elizabeth-morgan

What Becomes of Hilary Foretich?
March 4, 1990
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-04/opinion/op-2496_1_sexual-abuse

As Far Away as You Can Get: Hilary Foretich
March 5, 1990
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,969511,00.html

Vol. 33 No. 10
The Little Girl in the Middle
March 12, 1990
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20117053,00.html

PARENTS SEE GIRL IN CUSTODY FIGHT
March 19, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/19/us/parents-see-girl-in-custody-fight.html

Separation Ends for Morgan, Daughter
March 19, 1990
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-03-19/news/mn-552_1_elizabeth-morgan

Mother Seeks New Zealand Home, TV Report on Custody Battle Says
March 27, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/03/27/us/mother-seeks-new-zealand-home-tv-report-on-custody-battle-says.html

Foretich Denies He Will Give Up Fight for Return of His Daughter
June 6, 1990
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-06-06/news/mn-661_1_eric-foretich

RULING ON CUSTODY ENDS BITTER CASE
December 1, 1990
http://www.nytimes.com/1990/12/01/us/ruling-on-custody-ends-bitter-case.html

Hilary’s father won’t contest latest ruling
December 1, 1990
http://articles.latimes.com/1990-06-06/news/mn-661_1_eric-foretich

With Hilary Foretich's half-sister, a parallel battle has turned on issue of abuse
December 21, 1990
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1990-12-21/news/1990355062_1_foretich-father-and-daughter-hilary

FORETICH v. LIFETIME CABLE
November 7, 1991
http://www.leagle.com/decision/1991824777FSupp47_1809/FORETICH%20v.%20LIFETIME%20CABLE

Girl Wins Damages Over Program
March 24, 1992
http://www.nytimes.com/1992/03/24/us/girl-wins-damages-over-program.html

Custody Battle Spans Nine Years, An Ocean, Most Of Girl’s Lifetime
November 15, 1994
http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19941115&slug=1942041

Title?
December 5, 1994
http://articles.latimes.com/1994-12-05/news/ls-5235_1_elizabeth-morgan

William Morgan Dies; Aided Daughter in Custody Fight
March 4, 1996
http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/washingtonpost/doc/307958729.html?FMT=ABS&FMTS=&type=current&date=&author=&pub=&edition=&startpage=&desc=

Suit Contends Congress Acted Illegally In Child Custody Case
April 27, 1997
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-04-27/news/9704270122_1_vincent-foretich-elizabeth-morgan-eric-foretich

Jonathan Turley Takes His Case to TV
July 30, 1998
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/turley073098.htm

McDougal Trial Raises Questions of Contempt
March 22, 1999
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/clinton/stories/contempt032299.htm

Foretich vs. ABC
December 28, 1999
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-dc-circuit/1136247.html

37 F.3d 1541
63 USLW 2292, 22 Media L. Rep. 2353
Foretich vs. ABC
Decided October 17, 1994
http://openjurist.org/37/f3d/1541/foretich

Vol. 54 No. 12
Releasing the Rage
September 18, 2000
http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20132350,00.html

FORETICH v. UNITED STATES
December 16, 2003
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-dc-circuit/1173471.html

2nd Trial of Lawyer Accused in Plot to Kill Husband Opens
September 28, 2005
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/27/AR2005092701839.html

The Doctor Is Out and Heading West
November 10, 2005
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/10/AR2005111000055.html
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/10/AR2005111000116.html

Antonia Morgan; Fled U.S. With Granddaughter
April 21, 2006
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/04/20/AR2006042002023.html

Antonia Morgan, 91; Worldly Matriarch Hid Grandchild in Famed Custody Fight
April 22, 2006
http://articles.latimes.com/2006/apr/22/local/me-morgan22

Antonia Morgan, 91; aided daughter's custody battle
April 25, 2006
http://archive.boston.com/news/globe/obituaries/articles/2006/04/25/antonia_morgan_91_aided_daughters_custody_battle/

Morgan vs. Foretich Twenty Years Later
February 4, 2009
http://www.laweekly.com/news/morgan-vs-foretich-twenty-years-later-2158156

Other web pages and copies of legal docs

Custodial parents, child sexual abuse, and the legal system: Beyond Contempt.
March 1, 1989
Prof. Susan Apel (see lengthy“Beyond Contempt”article)
MORGAN V. FORETICH EDITORIAL/CRITICAL COMMENT The following Law Review article is presente
http://www.skepticfiles.org/conspire/morgfort.htm

Antonia Morgan dies
April 1, 2006
http://manwithblackhat.blogspot.com/2006/04/madame.html

Elizabeth Morgan Act and Legislating Family Values
November 20, 2007
https://jonathanturley.org/2007/11/20/elizabeth-morgan-act-and-legislating-family-values/

Book review in blog of "Making of a Woman Surgeon"
April 20, 2014
https://knifebeforewifebeforelife.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/the-making-of-a-woman-surgeon-by-elizabeth-morgan-md/

These images are no longer freely available at life.com, but are cached at Google images:
http://www.google.com/images?q=elizabeth+morgan+surgeon

Work area for web links

Searching by keywords / collections (these newspapers seem to use the same keyword scheme)

http://articles.dailypress.com/keyword/elizabeth-morgan

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/keyword/elizabeth-morgan

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/keyword/elizabeth-morgan

http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/elizabeth-morgan

http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/paul-r-michel

http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/dr-elizabeth-morgan

http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/hilary-morgan-foretich

http://articles.latimes.com/keyword/eric-foretich

Many older titles and article leads are available

Morgan and Froning published an article about how sexual abuse might lead to a improper desire for cosmetic surgery of some sort:

Morgan, Elizabeth M.D.; Froning, Mary L. Psy.D.; Summit, Roland C. M.D.
Child Sexual Abuse Sequelae and Body-Image Surgery
http://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Abstract/1990/09000/Child_Sexual_Abuse_Sequelae_and_Body_Image_Surgery.15.aspx
Image of first page of above
http://journals.lww.com/plasreconsurg/Citation/1990/09000/Child_Sexual_Abuse_Sequelae_and_Body_Image_Surgery.16.aspx

Retaliation Against Professionals Who Report Child Abuse
By Katherine Hine, J.D.
http://www.nafcj.net/Retaliation.htm

Good 1999 review of Morgan case:
In Full Bloom: Tales of Women in Their Prime
By Sharon Creeden
1999
ISBN 0874835763
http://books.google.com/books?id=E2DyOCFDrcwC&pg=PA35
Notes:
http://books.google.com/books?id=E2DyOCFDrcwC&pg=PA174

Medicine and the Family: A Feminist Perspective By Lucy M. Candib (1999) ISBN 0465008259
http://books.google.com/books?id=0hsnNXCaLDsC&pg=PA286
Newsweek. 1990. Little girl lost and found (March 13): 115:78-80

Fingernail Moon: The True Story of a Mother's Flight to Protect Her Daughter
Janie Webster
ISBN 0307553299
https://books.google.com/books?id=M-Py-cgkhjQC&pg=PA23

Recent photos of relatives/reunion in Hawaii: Pic 1 , Pic 2
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/hPZp-GTQfrAsADVHX6oILg
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/wl1Ckp4woaDhKZQpDk5zMA

First Congressional Intervention

”’District of Columbia Civil Contempt Imprisonment Limitation Act”’ was an act of Congress passed in 1989 to alter local law in Washington, D.C. An individual citizen, Elizabeth Morgan, was mentioned frequently during the deliberations. The Act allowed Morgan to walk out of local jail, where she had been incarcerated after she refused to share custody of her daughter, Hillary, with Hillary’s father. Dr. Eric Foretich. The Act only applied to custody cases, rather than to all cases of contempt, permanently complicating contempt issues in Washington D.C.

Background

Dr. Morgan had been incarcerated by Herbert B. Dixon, Jr. for contempt of court in her custody dispute. Since she showed no signed of obeying Dixon’s orders, she seems destined to remain in jail indefinitely. For the next two years, Morgan’s incarceration received a great deal of publicity. In much of it she was portrayed as a model prisoner, and a woman of fortitude. Chuck Colson visited her in jail and she convinced him that Dr. Foretich had sexually abused Hillary. Colson had a wide array of powerful Republican, conservative and religious connections at his disposal and used them. Morgan and Colson convinced many famous and influential people came to believe in Morgan’s accustaions and this effort lead to the passage of the Act. As Richard Doyle put in 2002 in his web blog entitled “Conservative Blunders”: :

“”I can understand liberal columnists going ga-ga over the celebrated Ms. Elizabeth Morgan and the fawning articles in such pop magazines as Glamour and People. What troubles me is that several normally sensible conservatives did likewise, e.g. Charles (Chuck) Colson, James Dobson, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. John Heinz, Lt. Col. Oliver North (although he merely attended a party and said “God Bless”) and H Ross Perot. Strange bedfellows, indeed. Then, in a monument to political pandering to public ignorance, Galahads in Congress unanimously passed and President Bush, the elder, signed a bill freeing this demonstrably prevaricating maternal child molester. Republican Rep. Tom Davis sponsored a bill to let her bring her daughter back from New Zealand without facing the consequences of her defiance of the court.””

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Perot

As James Jewell, Colson former chief-of-staff at the time, recently put it: :””Without Mr. Colson’s involvement, Morgan would have stayed in prison much longer. It was his influence with members of Congress, such as Congressman Wolf, as well as his rallying of the evangelical Christian community, including James Dobson, that resulted in the bill that forced Judge Dixon to release Elizabeth Morgan.””

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dobson

Congressional action

Rep. Frank Rudolph Wolf sponsored, and the U.S. Congress passed, the District of Columbia Civil Contempt Imprisonment Limitation Act of 1989, a bill that limited to twelve months the time that a person can be jailed on civil contempt charges in custody cases in Washington, D.C. (which has limited home rule ). As example of those supporting Morgan was Prof. Doug Rendleman of Washington and Lee University School of Law, who said that although Congress had engaged in “legislative adjudication,” it was proper for Congress to get involved in the Morgan case, because the checks and balances within the judicial system had, in essence, failed. On the other hand, he was disappointed by the lack of preparation before the deliberative process commenced, and the narrowness of the resulting law. On 1989-09-25, Morgan was released from prison.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Wolf_(politician)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_of_Columbia_home_rule

HR 2136 (District of Columbia Civil Contempt Imprisonment Limitation Act of 1989)

Stan Parris(co-sponsored bill.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_Parris

Bob McEwen(compares Dixon actions against Morgan’s brother, Robert toTiananmen Square. )
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_McEwen

Alfred A. McCandless
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_McCandless

John Glenn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Glenn

Legal journals

Prof. Doug Rendleman
httpS://law2.wlu.edu/faculty/profiles/Rendleman.asp
https://law2.wlu.edu/faculty/profiledetail.asp?id=39&showsec=publications
wrote “Enough is Enough” article

Prof. Paul Butlerwrote “Taking Lessons from Elizabeth Morgan”

Other web sites

Photographs & Other Evidence for Child Abuse
http://www.custodyprepformoms.org/dycc.htm

Conservative Blunders
http://www.intellectualconservative.com/article1068.html

Congressional Action On Behalf of Another Daughter
by James Jewell
http://www.stonescryout.org/archives/2005/03/congressional_a.html

Second Congressional Intervention

”’The Elizabeth Morgan Act”’ was an act of Congress, as a rider , on behalf of Elizabeth Morgan. This was a second act of Congress in which Morgan’s case was mentioned during the deliberations. The first had been a modification of local D.C. law. The act allowed Morgan and her daughter, Ellen, to return to the United States without having to share custody of Ellen with the girl’s father, Dr. Eric A. Foretich. The act was overturned in 2003 only after Ellen had reached adulthood as a rare bill of attainder .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_of_attainder

Path through Congress

Having previously passed theDistrict of Columbia Civil Contempt Imprisonment Limitation Act (see above),Congress was persuaded to pass yet another law on Dr. Morgan’s behalf. By 1995, Morgan, who had fled to New Zealand with Ellen and other relatives, had developed cancer . Ellen, then 13, indicated to Rep. Thomas M. Davis that she wanted to return to the U.S. In September 1996, Davis sponsored the Elizabeth Morgan Act as a rider on a major transportation bill. While this new legislation was worded to focus on Ellen’s needs, it effectively shielded Morgan from all of the judicial custody orders that were still in force, and the Morgans returned to the U.S in 1997.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_M._Davis

Unconstitutionality

Foretich claimed that the damage to his reputation from the Act reduced his professional practice in the D.C. area and made it difficult for him to find comparable work anywhere else in the nation. He dropped all further attempts to gain visitation and focused on the undoing of the Act. On 2003-12-16, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit ruled that the Elizabeth Morgan Act was unconstitutional, as it was a rare bill of attainder, but the decision was moot as Ellen was no longer a minor . In finding that it was a bill of attainder, the Court’s logic was that the Bill was not about the Morgans but about Dr. Foretich and that it penalized him. Precedent had established that only bills which penalize a party can be found to be a bill of attainder. Jonathan Turley , a George Washington University law professor who represented the Foretich family, said the government will have to pay for legal fees in the case—about $1.5 million. He added, “I would hope this would be the final chapter, but such hopes have been dashed many times in the case.” He also said in a ” USA Today ” editorial in March 2005): “The bill negated 10 years of orders in the husband’s favor and effectively labeled him a danger to his daughter.” Comparisons regarding congressional intervention in the judicial system can be drawn between the Elizabeth Morgan Act and the Palm Sunday Compromise of the recent Terri Schiavo case .

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Turley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday_Compromise

See also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Sunday_Compromise

Includes 1996 ”Legal Times” article by J. Groner

Foretich v. United States
2003 striking down the Elizabeth Morgan Act
and
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/circs/dc/025224a.pdf

Legal journals

Prof. Christine Alice Corcos
http://faculty.law.lsu.edu/ccorcos/

(see comment in“Legal Fictions”article)

After 20 Years, New Twist in Custody Case
by J. Groner
http://web.archive.org/web/20070930204310/http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1071719744487

Prof. Lawrence Solum comments via his blog that he initially felt that the logic of the 2003 decision was “weak”.
http://lsolum.blogspot.com/archives/2003_12_01_lsolum_archive.html

General Press

Court strikes down law passed for mother who hid daughterCNN/AP
December 16, 2003
http://web.archive.org/web/20071203173505/http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/12/16/jailed.mother.ap/

Here is a mention about the possible previous relationship and/or affinity of William Morgan with Chuck Colson, both of whom are now dead:

http://www.backlash.com/content/gender/1996/10-oct96/afc09.html

Here is a comparison by Chuck Colson’s former Chief of Staff of some recent Congressional activity that might also be Bills of Attainder with the Elizabeth Morgan Act and the earlier Act of Congress with got Dr. Morgan out of jail:

http://therooftopblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/congressional-action-on-behalf-of-an-individual-remembering-the-elizabeth-morgan-case/

Books:

Harsh Punishment: International Experiences of Women's Imprisonment
By Sandy Cook
ISBN 1555534112
Page 32-46
https://books.google.com/books?id=5xiuK0L14jcC

https://latrobe.rl.talis.com/items/7FFDC291-3879-0844-2E3F-4FD986060C90.html

When Parents Kidnap
By Geoffrey L. Greif
ISBN 1451602359
https://books.google.com/books?id=Ag6LAm-1Ky8C&pg=PA7

You Wake Me Each Morning: The Final Chapter
Connie Lawn
ISBN 1491753285
https://books.google.com/books?id=TCOaBQAAQBAJ&pg=PT259

Other links:

The Elizabeth Morgan Bill – from April 1995
http://www.backlash.com/content/gender/1996/10-oct96/afc09.html

Jonathan Groner , 2003-12-29
http://web.archive.org/web/20070930204310/http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1071719744487

The Rooftop Blog, 2005-03-01
http://therooftopblog.blogspot.com/2005_03_01_therooftopblog_archive.html

- Give the lady a knife" by Morgan, Reader's Digest 116:209-14+ June 1980

Mini-CV for old DC-area practice
http://www.mol.net/md/emorgan/

2002-08-03 Morgan Describes Advising Md. Defendant
http://www.fact.on.ca/news/news0208/wp020803.htm

Arguments that Morgan's abuse photography were a mistake and best left to professionals.
http://www.custodyprepformoms.org/dycc.htm

1990-12-01 Morgan - Foretich Fight Ends — for Now
http://web.archive.org/web/20070423182743/http://www.ncfc.net/morgnzld.txt

Jewell (Colson's former Chief of Staff) 2005-03-24 blog archive
http://www.stonescryout.org/archives/2005/03/congressional_a.html

June Carbone, Leslie J. Harris 2007: Family Law Armageddon: The Story of Morgan v. Foretich
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=983770

Legislative Branding: A Modern Day Bill of Attainder
2005
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Page?men_tab=srchresults&handle=hein.journals/gwlr73&id=814&size=2&collection=journals&terms=Morgan&termtype=phrase&set_as_cursor=

No. 02-5224.
Decided: December 16, 2003
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-dc-circuit/1173471.html

https://www.realself.com/find/Georgia/Atlanta/Plastic-Surgeon/Elizabeth-Morgan

http://www.tvwiki.tv/wiki/Elizabeth_Morgan

https://www.congress.gov/

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