The court opened this morning at 9:00 with approximately 70 people in attendance.
The judge discussed several issues with the attorneys before the jury came in. They involved the idea that
Vermont law and Virginia law are consistent with each other on this issue of parental rights. This ruling was made in a previous court session held in Virginia Supreme Court. The court discussed at length as to whether quality of character can be brought into the defense. The court discussed the type of evidence that could be obtained from Janet Jenkins. The judge called the attorneys back to the fact that this case is not about a custody battle, but about aiding and abetting.
Jury entered at 9:30. The jury was cleared to continue with the case.
The prosecution called more witnesses to the stand. They included the following: the conclusion to Timo Miller's statements; testimony regarding Stellar One Bank and checks that were processed through that bank; Andrew Yoder, CAM field director 2007- 2011; email correspondence between Milmont Greenhouses and Philip Zodhiates regarding hydrangea purchases for a wedding; a written statement by Duane Weaver; John Curtis, US Marshall; Janet Jenkins; a lady who helped design and maintain the website protectisabella.com; Doug Wright, pastor from Berryville, VA; Phil Koonz, BB&T Bank; Elaine Cooper; and finally, a US Postal inspector.
The judge made a statement that circumstances indicate knowledge that there may or may not have been illegal activity. He also discussed the issue of venue (where the trial should be held). A large part of the alleged criminal activity took pace outside the US, so the trial should be held in the state in which the arrest was made. This concluded the prosecution's presentation of evidence.
The defense called two witnesses to discuss Bro. Ken's credibility and trustworthiness issues. They were Linda Rose Miller, and Ivan Beachy, Free Union, VA. They both gave good testimony to his integrity.
In yesterday's post we asked that Sister Linda Rose would not be questioned in regard to the case. That restriction is lifted, as she has finished her testimony. Thanks again so much for praying and supporting Bro. Ken to this point. Of course, we do not know how long the trial will continue, but Ken's attorney expects it to be finished by next Tuesday or Wednesday. Once again, we ask for you continued prayer support.
We failed to give an update on our evening activities on Wednesday and Thursday evening. On Wednesday evening we had an informal meeting at a nearby park overlooking Lake Champlain. We had a very refreshing time of singing, testimonies, and prayer. On Thursday we met a friend who used to be a part of a local Mennonite church. He asked us to sing in front of the town hall. He helped us to obtain the necessary permits. The group had a good evening of singing, passing out CAM CDs, and witnessing. A rain set in just as we were wrapping up the evening. This evening most of the folks headed for home.
There were approximately sixty people present for the trial today. The security invited us to sit on either side of the court room, as there was not enough room on our side.
The court opened at 9:00 AM. The judge inquired as to whether any jury member had heard of or spoken to anyone of the case. One juror had something to tell the judge. The judge called for a brief recess with the lawyers and jurors. Yesterday one juror was disqualified, leaving one juror as a backup. The juror this morning was also disqualified, leaving no reserve. The judge admonished the jurors of their responsibility in maintaining absolute reserve regarding the case.
The prosecution continued with witnesses by Google and nTelos regarding phone calls made enroute to Niagara, NY; a statement prepared by Rebecca Zodhiatis; Terry Miller, Lisa's father; Mary Jones of Bee Line Transport in regard to the towing of Lisa's car in Virginia; Linda Rose Miller, Golden Rule Travel, in regard to the sale of airline tickets; a statement prepared by Marvin Mast, Golden Rule Travel, regarding some late-night phone calls; Gary Hubbard, of Google, involving record keeping practices for e-mails; Patrick (?) , a linguistic expert in Pennsylvania German to describe translation of certain e-mails; and finished with a video deposition by Timo Miller. This was not finished this evening, and will be finished tomorrow.
We want to especially give recognition to Linda Rose Miller for her part on the witness stand. It was not easy for her. She most certainly credits the grace of God on her behalf, and the prayers of all of her brothers and sisters in Christ. It may be that she will be called to the stand again tomorrow. We ask that you do not try to contact her with any questions or information about the case until she is released from her testimony duties. Keep her in your prayers, especially considering that her father just came through a cancer surgery, and she cannot be there with him.
Many of our readers would have found the Pennsylvania German (Dutch) linguistic expert quite interesting. He is a gentleman associated with a Pennsylvania German Historical society in Pennsylvania. He described his work of translating old Pennsylvania German letters into English, and spoke of the various nuances he encounters in his work. In the course of his cross-examination Patrick made reference to grund-saugh dauk (Groundhog's Day). Has anyone ever seen a high profile federal court in stitches of laughter? The Vermonters knew nothing of the origins of Groundhog Day, Feb. 2. Especially when Patrick related of the eight foot tall groundhog mascot for a males only groundhog society. The court went into hysterics. I thought the one juror lady would be struck out from laughing so hard. Ms. Cawley, the cross-examining prosecutor was over come with laughing. The judge couldn't contain himself, as well as the other lawyers. Ken's Vermont lawyer was wiping tears and wiping his nose. The judge suggested they may need a recess to get this thing straightened out. They finally got their act together and dismissed the Pennsylvania German groundhog society member.
God has been answering prayers, some quite specifically. Pray especially for Bro. Ken and his family; Sister Linda Rose; several others of our brothers who may be called upon to testify; pray for the prosecution and the defense lawyers as the Spirit of God lays it on your hearts.
Approximately 50 people were in attendance to support Ken, along with a handful of reporters
Ken and supporters seated on the right; news and prosecution seated on the left
The clerk opened the court, addressing the United States vs Kenneth Miller
The judge addressed the jury, stating the case, and presenting the normal processes of the courts. Several things to note:
The judge stressed that it is not about what you believe about same sex, Amish, or VA's position on same sex marriages.
The prosecution began examining witnesses in the forenoon. They called the following witnesses today:
Rebuttal by Mr. Autry
Judge had discussion with the lawyers about Timo's evidence. He knows that the prosecution feels it will be detrimental to their case if his deposition is read in court. He asks that it would be read because it is helpful to the case.
Closed at 3:30
The following was written by a pastor from Ukraine. It is shared here to encourage God's people around the world to unite in prayer for one another and for this case. We stand together in the love of Christ our Savior.
Dear Christian Friends,
Greetings in the precious name of Jesus Christ, to whom someday every knee shall bow!
I shared the need for prayer for the Ken Miller case at our Prayer Service last evening. After prayer in groups, a brother whispered to me that I should give a brief account during the announcements at the end of the service of what happened that Ken Miller is on trial. The congregation was visibly moved as I shared what I remembered of the report below which I had read several hours before the service. When I suggested that perhaps some of us could fast and pray that God would intervene and cause the judge to rule according to Biblical principles, a sister with ten children raised her hand to volunteer to fast. Then another sister, a single converted Jewess who walks with a cane, raised her hand to say she will participate in this fast. Then a brother suggested that the whole church could fast. So we plan to set aside the day of Thursday, August 9 as a day of Prayer and Fasting for the Ken Miller case. This is how God had led us.
After the service I showed the photo of Ken and his wife which a brother sent us yesterday. Upon seeing the photo, several Ukrainians asked, "Are they from the same brotherhood to which we belong?" I answered, "Yes, they are a part of our brotherhood."
For the cause of Jesus Christ,
The Brotherhood of Chernovtsi Evangelical Mennonite Church
May we suggest that God wants some more of us to fast and pray the 9th of August for this case? We are raising our hands with that the sister with ten children and the converted Jewess. With the whole Ukraine church. (Thanks for your example, sister church!)
This is totally voluntary. If you want to fast and pray the 9th, commit to God. (Fasting is most effective if it is secret anyway, right? The Ukraine brethren were not wanting to publish this.)
There is great POWER and BLESSING in fasting and praying. If you commit, God will reward you, and we thank you!
Who is the King of glory we serve? "Lift up your heads, O ye gates... and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." Psalm 24:9,10
Let's let HIM in, brothers and sisters! That's the way we lift up our gates and our heads, by fasting and praying. And HE will come in! Halleluiah!