Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NH Supreme Court Unanimously Rules to Deny Ernie Willis' Appeal

The NH Supreme Court handed down it's unanimous ruling today that Ernie Willis' conviction stands on ALL counts.

The Concord Monitor has it's own story: "Supreme Court upholds rape conviction, rejects religious privilege argument."
"The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the rape and sexual assault convictions against Ernest Willis who is serving a 15-to-30 year prison sentence for forcibly raping his teenage babysitter twice, whom he knew through Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, in 1997." 
AP picked up the story, so it is in the media nationwide. Here is the version published by the Washington Post:  "NH high court rejects church rapist’s appeal of conviction; victim, 15, forced to apologize."
 "Ernest Willis was convicted in May 2011 of raping the girl in 1997. His lawyer argued that statements he made to the pastor of the fundamentalist Trinity Baptist Church should not have been used against him. But prosecutors countered that Willis’ statements were not protected by religious privilege because they involved the sexual abuse of a child."
The ruling of the justices is interesting reading and includes some trial testimony excerpts. You can read it in its entirety here.

It is good to see justice stand. 

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tina took Aria to National Jewish Hosp. in Denver

Tina is currently in Denver with our daughter, Aria, at National Jewish Hospital. She just finished up her first week and will be there at least another week.

Please pray for the doctors as they examine Aria and try to determine the best way to treat her. It's very possible Aria will have at least one & possibly two surgeries next week.

If you'd like to read Tina's updates about her visit, you can go to her blog. The first two entries are linked below.

Blessed - Day 1 & 2

Multiple Tests - Day 3 & 4

Looking Ahead - Day 5

Tina and Aria could use your prayers for strength. It's hard being away from home, in a strange place, and dealing with doctors and hospitals on top of it all.

Thank you!!