Today, August 16, 2013, Joseph Williams (16) took the stand. He had a really hard time remembering things and got very emotional. Testifying against their parents is so very hard for these children. This is where I see a big difference between the Williams parents and the Schatz parents. The Schatz parents accepted a plea bargain partly in order to spare their children from testifying, according to this article in the Chico Enterprise Record. The other reason for accepting the plea bargain was to make sure that Mrs. Schatz served a shorter sentence. The prosecutor believed that the jury would not have found Mrs. Schatz guilty of murder as she was clearly under her husband’s control. However, in the article, it is clear that Mrs. Schatz is very remorseful. What a contrast with Mr. and Mrs. Williams! I have seen no remorse from the Williams’, nor compassion for their children. On top of that, they have different lawyers and do not quite appear to be on the same team.
Here is the story from Kiro TV. Again, this is hard to watch and is not for the very sensitive.
Here is the story from the Skagit Valley Herald. Heartbreaking. The infractions for which the adopted children were punished is just unbelievable. The idea of of a child in a family “stealing food” is just foreign to me.
Also, today was the first time a witness had been asked about the book, To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl. Joseph said that they had the book, but he had not read it.
Also, Judge Susan Cook has given up on any predictions for a end to the trial and told the jury to be prepared to be there through the 2nd week of September.