What’s Brewing: Vigil planned outside McDonald’s where transgender woman was brutally beaten

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Victim
Chrissy Lee Polis

1. A vigil is planned tonight outside the McDonald’s in Baltimore where a transgender woman was brutally attacked, beaten and dragged across the floor on April 18 before apparently suffering a seizure. Shocking video of the incident, captured by a McDonald’s employee on his cell phone, has gone viral over the last several days. The 22-year-old victim, Chrissy Lee Polis, spoke out about the incident, which she says was a hate crime, in an interview with the Baltimore Sun above. Two female suspects, ages 14 and 18, have been arrested, and the employee who filmed the attack has been fired. If you haven’t seen the video of the incident yet, you can watch it here.

2. A Tennessee pastor is set to appear in federal court today on charges related to the epic Lisa Miller-Janet Jenkins lesbian custody case. Timothy David Miller, 34, is accused of helping Lisa Miller and her daughter flee to Central America after she renounced homosexuality and refused to comply with court-ordered visitation. Lisa Miller and Janet Jenkins entered a civil union in 2000 in Vermont, and their daughter, Isabella, was born in 2002. After the couple broke up in 2003 and Miller renounced homosexuality, she refused to allow Jenkins to see Isabella because she’s a lesbian.

3. Don’t miss our slideshows from the Pooch Parade at Easter in the Park and the Cedar Springs Art Festival.

—  John Wright

Arrest warrant issued for Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller

An arrest warrant has been issued for Lisa Miller, according to Associated Press.

Miller is the woman who had a child with her partner, Janet Jenkins, in Vermont. When the couple split, Miller moved to Virginia, hooked up with Jerry Falwell’s church and has defied the Vermont family court’s orders ever since.

A Virginia court ruled that the Vermont court had jurisdiction in the case. The Vermont judge first ruled that Jenkins had visitation rights. When Miller defied the orders, the judge in the case ordered full custody for Jenkins.

In December, Miller disappeared. The child was to have gone to Jenkins on Jan. 1. The judge gave Miller until this week to appear in court. When she did not appear, the judge ordered her arrest.

—  David Taffet

Lisa Miller given 30 days to appear in court

Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller

The judge in the Lisa Miller custody case has given Miller 30 days to appear in court. He could have issued a contempt of court citation.

Miller was the biological mother of a child she had while in a relationship with Janet Jenkins. The couple lived in Vermont.

Within a year of their daughter’s birth, Miller ended the relationship and moved to Virginia where she became involved with Jerry Falwell’s church. Jenkins sued for joint custody and won. Miller refused to abide by earlier court rulings and the Vermont family court judge changed full custody to Jenkins. A Virginia court ruled that the Vermont court had full jurisdiction in the case.

On Jan. 1, the transfer of custody was to have taken place. Miller and their daughter have not been seen since the beginning of December.

The judge set a Feb. 23 court date. If Miller does not appear in court, he could issue an arrest warrant.

—  David Taffet

Contempt of court hearing scheduled for Lisa Miller

Lisa Miller
Lisa Miller

A hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 22 in Rutland, Vermont, to have Lisa Miller held in contempt of court, according to the Burlington Free Press.

Miller and Janet Jenkins were civil union partners who had a child together. Miller was the birth mother. The couple split up a year after the child was born and Miller moved to Virginia.

A family court in Vermont gave the couple joint custody of the child, but Miller refused to comply. A Virginia court ruled that the Vermont court did have jurisdiction in the case. The Vermont court transferred custody to Jenkins and the child was supposed to be turned over on Jan. 1. Miller has not been seen since the beginning of December.

When Miller moved to Virginia, she announced she was no longer a lesbian and she joined Jerry Falwell’s church.

In November, after Miller was ordered to tranfer custody, she told Newsweek, “There is a homosexual agenda at work here, and Isabella is a pawn in their game. It has nothing to do with the law. Isabella was saved at age 4, loves God, and knows what’s right and what’s wrong. We don’t hate Janet. We pray for her soul and salvation.”

Jenkins said, “My goal has never been to separate Isabella from Lisa. I just want Isabella to know and love both of her parents. I just want to be with her, like any parent.”

—  David Taffet