Today, Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013, Immanuel was back in court after a 3 day break. There was no court session on Monday, in case anyone was wondering. The defense attorneys continue to play hard ball with poor Immanuel, which is very upsetting. Here is the story on Kiro TV. Also, Maureen has a post about that called, “Snakes, A Child, and Defense Attorneys.”
Also on the stand today was someone who volunteered at Hana’s orphanage who testified that she was healthy, well fed and appeared to be less than 10 years old when she was adopted according to an article in the Skagit Valley Herald.
In other news, apparently Hana’s biological cousin did not take his flight home to Ethiopia, which means that he has overstayed his visa. Police are now searching for him. Now the defense attorneys are using this as a reason to doubt his testimony. Here is the story in the Skagit Valley Herald and here is the story on Kiro TV.
Edited to add: Here is the story on King5 which tells us that another relative in Texas said that the missing cousin is ok. Which begs the question, why did not not testify as to Hana’s age? I can only assume that he is a distant relative who did not know her.