When the scandal described below hit, Judge Braslow responded by HIRING A PUBLIC RELATIONS FIRM!. Michael Moss, the author of the Newsday article no longer works there.

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Heiress' Mom: Judge Let Abusive Hubby Stay

The mother of murdered newspaper heiress Anne Scripps Douglas yesterday blasted the judge who allowed her daughter's husband - now suspected in her beating death - to stay in the couple's home after she sought court protection. "This could have been prevented," said Anne S. Scripps, 72, of upstate Loudonville. "My daughter would be alive today if that judge hadn't let him stay there. I think it's criminal." Charges against Douglas' second husband, Scott, were upgraded to murder yesterday, a day after the 47-year-old mother of three died of head injuries. Scott Douglas, 38, who allegedly bludgeoned his wife New Year's Eve at the posh Bronxville house she owned, has been missing since early Jan. 1. His gray 1982 BMW was found idling in the center of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Scripps family lawyer, John Kelly, refused to detail what he said was "reason to believe" Douglas is alive. But a source familiar with the investigation told New York Newsday that Douglas had boasted of being able to disappear at will and made several "suspicious" purchases in the weeks before the murder. Last month, Anne Douglas hired a divorce lawyer and sought an order of protection against her husband. On Dec. 6, Family Court Judge Ingrid Braslow barred him from harassing his wife or taking the couple's 3-year-old daughter, Victoria, outside without permission. But she allowed him to remain in his wife's home. Yesterday, Braslow said she could not comment because the court record remained confidential. A few days later, Anne Douglas called the Westchester Coalition for Family Justice and told executive vice president Deirdre Akerson she was terrified of her husband of four years. "She was afraid of being beaten.," said Akerson. "She felt she was definitely in danger. She was concerned about finding a way to get him out of the house." Relatives said Anne Douglas had lived in fear of her housepainter husband for years and had left him in 1991, but returned because he threatened Victoria. Police say the toddler may have witnessed her mother's brutal beating. The family has posted a $25,000 reward for information leading to Douglas' capture. Anne Douglas is a descendent of James Scripps, founder of the Detroit News. Neighbors said she stuck close to home, caring for her garden and lavishing attention on her daughters. "She's in heaven. We don't have to worry about that," said her mother, as Monday's funeral was being discussed.

Copyright 1994, Newsday Inc.

Michael Moss, Heiress' Mom: Judge Let Abusive Hubby Stay., 01-08-1994, pp 02.