An Alexandria judge threw out requests by the city attorney yesterday for injunctions to close two of Alexandria's controversial massage parlors.
Circuit Court Judge Albert H. Grenadier's ruling is the latest defeat for the city in its year-long battle to shut down the parlors, which some city officials contend are places of illegal sexual activity.
Assistant City Attorney Terrence E. Cooke said yesterday the city will return to court, perhaps as early as today, to renew its attempts to close the parlors known as Adonis II and Charmaine's Health Club.
Frederick Ford, the attorney who represents the parlors, which call themselves health salons, said he will continue to resist court actions against his clients.
In a letter to Cooke and Ford that used dictionary definitions of legal phrases, the judge said that the city could only seek an injunction against the parlors if they were first convicted of a crime.
"The words of the subject statute are . . plain and unambiguous," Grenadier wrote. " . . . an injunction may be granted only where a penalty or punishment has already been assessed," he said
Adonis II, 1129 King St., and charmaine's Health Club, 3907 Bruce St., have not been successfully prosecuted.
The city will continue to seek civil actions against the parlors rather than use undercover police agents to gather information for criminal trials, Cooke said yesterday.
Last year, a judge dismissed several cases involving undercover agents because he believed they acted illegally by participating in sexual acts.
After the judge's decision, the Alexandria City Council passed a strict ordinance governing massages that the city ottorney's office has been trying to enforce.