Alexandria Circuit Court Judge Albert H. Grenadier agreed yesterday to consider whether an injuction sought by the city against two local health salons, which allegedly operate as massage parlors, should be granted.
Grenadier told attorney Frederick (Rick) Ford, who represents the clubs, known as Retreat Inc. and Playmate Inc., that he was not sure "right now" that he could agree with Ford's argument that the city had not exhausted all of its legal remedies before seeking the injuction.
"I wish I was as clear as you are on the language" of the state statute under which the injunction had been sought, Grenadier said.
Assistant City Attorney Terrence E. Cooke contended the injunction should be granted against the salons for allegedly "continuous" violations of the city ordinance prohibiting massages by men and women on the opposite sex. Ford countered that an injunction could be issued only after a conviction for a code violation had been obtained, and said his clients had never been convicted.
Previous attempts by city police to close massage parlors using information gathered by undercover agents were thrown out by a judge who contended the police had acted illegally by participating in the sex acts.
The Alexandria City Counsil passed a stricter massage ordinance earlier this year, following dismissal of the court cases.