Maureen has an update on the Williams, just to tie up loose ends.
Friday, August 23, 2013 the Defense started calling their witnesses. In the morning was testimony from a Forensic Anthropologist who estimated Hana’s age to be 15 but could be between 13-17 according to Gina Cole. In the afternoon were character witnesses. Interestingly, a family friend claimed that she made unannounced visits to the Williams home. Since they lived behind a locked gate, there must have been some kind of announcement made before they entered the actual residence. Some people don’t seem to understand how different people can be when outsiders are around. I sincerely hope that the jury does not fall into that category.
I have not found very much news from this day. Your best source of news may be #WilliamsTrial. As always, if I find more news stories about this day, I will add them to this post.
This morning (Wed Aug 14, 2013) the witness was Dr. Katherine Porterfield, a New York City-based doctor who works with torture and trauma victims. They sent the jury out after one hour as explained in this article in the Skagit Valley Herald. For more about today, please check out Gina Cole’s Twitter Feed. Edited to update: Here is an article about the Torture Expert’s testimony from the Skagit Valley Herald. It goes without saying that his article is not for the faint of heart or the easily triggered. For those who chose not to read the article, the short answer is that they were tortured with a combination of physical and psychological elements. This article is Subscriber Content and will count towards the 5 articles you are allowed to read each 30 days. In the afternoon, the judge dismissed one of the jurors for sleeping during the trial according to this story on KiroTV. The Skagit Valley Herald has a new article about yesterday’s testimony of the orphanage doctor which I am also adding to yesterday’s post.
The 2 eldest Williams boys will not face charges and will therefore be able to testify, according to an article in today’s Skagit Valley Herald.
In another article, the Skagit Valley Herald reports that Immanuel testified today that Carri and the biological children seemed to be laughing at Hana as she stumbled around outside. This piece of information certainly adds insult to injury. In this article we also learn that one of the defense lawyers was having some issues with the word choices being made by Immanuel’s translators and has subpoenaed one of them along with the victim’s advocate to testify some time in the future.
More about Immanuel’s testimony from KiroTV. I am shocked and horrified at how the defense attorneys are treating that poor child!
I also know from Gina Cole’s tweets that the family doctor testified today that he saw nothing amiss. He also did not see the adopted children after July 2010.
Edited to add: Here is a new article from the Skagit Valley Herald with more information about today (Thurs, Aug 8, 2013.)
Rally Ethics For Orphans & at-Risk Minors (REFORM) has been keeping track of every detail of this tragic case and has it all neatly laid out in chronological order in 2 parts:
Maureen has a poignant post about Hana’s hair.
The Skagit Valley Herald reports on the court session of Aug 7, 2013. It is pretty much more of the same. The only new info seems to be that Carri would play the audio Bible for Hana while she was locked in the closet in an effort to change her thinking. I don’t even know how to respond to that. Using the Word of God as part of a torture cannot be a good thing.
This article says that Hana’s biological cousin was set to testify this afternoon. A tweet from Gina Cole told us that his interpreter was MIA and his testimony had to be postponed until Thursday, Aug 8.
Here is the story on KiroTV.
Maureen takes a close look at the Williams Adoption Case in Case Study, Part 1: The Williamses’ Adoption Agency
I would like to make note that I added a very interesting (while disturbing) article to yesterdays post in case you missed it. The thing which I found so interesting was that while Immanuel was being questioned, the defense lawyers were asking him leading questions and when he would deny something, they would act as if he had not denied it. I sure hope that the jury made note of that.
The Skagit Valley Herald report for the morning of Tues Aug 6, is not for the faint of heart. One of the biological daughters describes exactly what happened on the night that Hana died and I believe that her testimony is going to turn out to be very instrumental in proving that Carri guilty of homicide by abuse.
Here is the story (with video) from KiroTV. This story tells us that the daughter testifying is Sarah. It also tells us that the sons who were planning to take the 5th amendment have been given immunity and will testify which kind of contradicts the article in the Skagit Valley Herald which only says that they might be offered immunity.
Immanuel returned to testify this afternoon but the only information I have found about that is these 2 tweets from Gina Cole.
Adopted Williams son back on the stand now. He says he only got to participate in one Christmas in three years at the home. #Williamstrial
— Gina Cole (@Gina_SVH) August 6, 2013
Lots of squabbling by attorneys over terminology used by sign language interpreters, especially “spanking” vs. “beating.” #Williamstrial
— Gina Cole (@Gina_SVH) August 6, 2013
Edited to add: A new article by the Skagit Valley Herald has been posted which has more info. Note that this article is Subscriber Content and will count as one of the 5 free articles we are allowed each month. I have read many lately which did not, and have not quite figured out the whys and wherefores of that.
Today, Monday, August 5, 2013, two of the Williams’ biological daughters testified according to the Skagit Valley Herald. One of them testified that the biological children were punished the same way as the adopted children were and that she never saw marks on their bodies from the spankings. The girls confirmed many of the details from prior witnesses testimonies. Since these children were trained to always tell the truth and to obey adults, I tend to believe what they say. Or at least, I believe that they believe everything they say…
The trial adjourned early so one of the jurors could go to the doctor according to the Skagit Valley Herald.
Here the article from KiroTV which has more (disturbing) information and video. In this report, they mention To Train Up A Child.
Maureen can no longer attend the trial as she is on vacation. I will miss her insights but I am happy that she is taking a well deserved break from this.
If you want up to the minute Tweets about the trial, you will want to follow Gina Cole of the Skagit Valley Herald.