HOW can a mother abduct her own child and be considered a kidnapper because she refused to hand over the child to the woman who was once her lesbian lover? It can happen when parental rights are defined by the liberal State. The case of Lisa Miller, who presumably fled to Nicaragua with her daughter, resulted in the conviction in Vermont this week of Kenneth Miller, the Amish-Mennonite who is believed to have helped Lisa Miller flee from a court ruling which had awarded partial custody of her daughter to Janet Jenkins.
Below is the story from The New York Times:
Sect Pastor Is Convicted of Assisting in Abduction
By ERIK ECKHOLM
After only four hours of deliberation, a federal jury in Burlington, Vt., found an Amish-Mennonite pastor guilty of abetting international parental kidnapping in a widely publicized case involving a same-sex union and religious opponents of homosexuality.
The pastor, Kenneth L. Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., could face up to three years in prison. He was convicted of helping Lisa A. Miller flee to Nicaragua with her daughter, Isabella Miller-Jenkins, in 2009 to evade court-ordered visits with Ms. Miller’s former partner in a civil union in Vermont.
After the verdict, more than 100 of Mr. Miller’s supporters from the Beachy Amish-Mennonite sect, the women in traditional long dresses and head scarves, men with trimmed beards, gathered outside the courthouse to sing “Amazing Grace” and other hymns.
Mr. Miller, 46, joined the group and said, “We are of course disappointed, but with the grace of God and by his help, we will bear the consequences.”
After splitting up with her former partner, Janet Jenkins, in 2003, Ms. Miller, who is not related to Mr. Miller, moved to Virginia, declared herself a born-again Christian, tried in court to strip Ms. Jenkins of her parental rights and interfered with mandated visits. In 2009, as a frustrated Family Court judge in Vermont threatened to transfer custody of the girl, Ms. Miller disappeared with her daughter.
The Beachy Amish-Mennonites regard homosexual behavior as a sin.
In the trial, Mr. Miller’s lawyer, Joshua M. Autry, did not dispute the evidence that Mr. Miller had helped arrange for Ms. Miller and her daughter to fly from Canada to Nicaragua and obtain shelter from missionaries. But Mr. Miller, his lawyer argued, did not realize that Ms. Miller was defying any court orders at the time.
The prosecutors cited evidence that Mr. Miller tried to hide what Ms. Miller was doing, including by specifying that the flights should not touch down on American soil and giving the pair Mennonite garb to wear as a disguise. His case was also undermined by the reluctant testimony of a fellow pastor in Canada, who said he had refused to transport Ms. Miller and Isabella across the United States-Canada border because he feared they were breaking the law.
“The evidence shows the defendant helped Lisa Miller because he believed in her cause,” Paul Van de Graaf, an assistant United States attorney, told the jury.
Mr. Miller had to give up his passport but remains free for now. Mr. Autry said the defense might appeal, arguing that the trial should have been held in Virginia, where Mr. Miller’s actions took place.
The prosecutors presented evidence that others had worked with Mr. Miller to help Ms. Miller flee. Chief among those alleged to have taken part was a businessman in Virginia, Philip Zodhiates. Telephone records suggest that Mr. Zodhiates was in touch with Ms. Miller for months and drove her and her daughter to the Canadian border for their escape.
Mr. Zodhiates has not been indicted, and declined to comment.
Telephone records also indicated that as he drove home from the border, Mr. Zodhiates tried to call a cellphone number registered to Liberty Counsel, an evangelical legal group.
That cellphone number has sometimes been used by Mathew D. Staver, the founder of Liberty Counsel, dean of the Liberty University Law School in Lynchburg, Va., and a leader of Ms. Miller’s defense team.
In an e-mail Tuesday, Mr. Staver said that the phone number in question had been widely circulated as a contact number for Liberty Counsel’s public relations office and that he had no knowledge of Ms. Miller’s flight and had never discussed her case with Mr. Zodhiates.
Federal agents believe that Ms. Miller and Isabella, now 10, are still hiding in Nicaragua.
Jason McLure contributed reporting from Burlington, Vt.
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Jeanette V. writes:
This is so evil, I’m speechless. I have no words to express the disgust and horror I feel watching what is happening to our county’ I took the liberty to scan some homosexuals news outlets, I was wasn’t surprised as the sheer evil being expressed.
As you can see the homo-fascists are being aided and abetted by our legal system. They want to take down everyone.
While the jury was deliberating, Janet Jenkins filed a lawsuit (PDF: 415KB/17 pages) with the U.S. District Court in Vermont under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), naming the following as defendants in an alleged international conspiracy to facilitate the kidnapping of Isabella Miller-Jenkins:
Kenneth L. Miller (No relation to Lisa Miller); Lisa Ann Miller f/k/a Lisa Miller Jenkins; Timothy D. Miller (No relation to Lisa Miller); Andrew Yoder, individually and as an agent for Christian AID Ministries, Inc.; Christian AID Ministries Inc.; Response Unlimited, Inc.; Philip Zodhiates, individually and as an agent for Response Unlimited, Inc.; Victoria Hyden f/k/a/ Victoria Zodhiates, individually and as an agent for both Repsonse Unlimited, Inc and Liberty University School of Law and its related ministry, Thomas Road Baptist Church;Liberty University School of Law and its related ministry, Thomas Road Baptist Church; Linda M Wall, individually and as an agent for Thomas Road Baptist Church.; Douglas Wright.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Isaiah 5:20