Live Tweets From Maddie Hanna Concord Monitor Day 1-5 of Ernie Willis Trial

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Maddie Hanna, reporter for Concord Monitor, live tweets/live blog from rape trial of Ernest Willis. May 2011
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  maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis is guilty on all four charges 27 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Correction: Willis is here to hear the verdict 27 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis isn't here; at his request, judge entered his guilty plea on the statutory rape charge he admitsand revoked his bail 27 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Jurors appear to have reached a verdict in Willis case -- the alternates are in the courtroom 27 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Jurors in Willis trial still deliberating; asked to re-listen to tape of Willis's interview with detectives. 27 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  No Willis verdict reached today. Jurors will resume deliberations at 9 am tomorrow. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Jurors are filing out of the courtroom, about to begin deliberations. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  As for Anderson's silence, what did she get for her disclosure of her pregnancy? She got shamed,shunned, and silenced. Shipped away. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Also says Willis's guilty plea to statutory rape was not a measure of his credibility. It's a measure ofhim being caught. Red-handed. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Prosecutor: Anderson didn't seek out the police last year. She had no need to go down that road.She had no need to embellish. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis lawyer: Convicting Willis because of sympathy for Tina will add one more wrong to a case thathas too many wrongs already. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Closing arguments wrapped up. Defense said Anderson changed her story because she wasn't Note: live tweets from Maddie Hanna are inorder of the way they were saved from Twitter-- newest tweets first. To read in date/timeorder, you will have to start at the bottom ofthe document.  treated as a victim in 1997, despite being underage 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  cyandsimone Court broke for lunch after Anderson finished testifying. Closing arguments are next,and then the case goes to the jury. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Rhonda_65 He has pleaded guilty to statutory rape, but jurors will decide whether it was alsoforcible and happened more than once 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  cyandsimone Not sure I can answer that -- sitting behind him in the courtroom, I can't see hisface. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  bemijo Court broke for lunch. Closing arguments coming this afternoon, then it's in the jury'shands. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis's lawyer asks court reporter to play back Anderson's earlier testimony about the abortion offer 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis's lawyer: When you took the witness stand 15 minutes ago to talk about this -- when jurorsweren't present-- you were not crying. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Judge rules Anderson can testify to Willis's alleged abortion offer. She testifies about it now in frontof jurors and gets emotional. 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Judge says he needs Anderson to testify to the statement before prosecutor can ask Willis about it infront of the jury. She takes the stand 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis denies saying that. But he testified that I'm not someone that breaks the law typically, invitingquestions about his character 26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis prosecutor arguing to introduce previously suppressed evidence that Willis offered to punchAnderson in stomach to cause miscarriage  26 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  He admits to having sexual contact with Anderson twice but says that the first time, they didn'thave intercourse 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis is taking the stand 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  He didn't rule but took the defense's motion to dismiss the charge under advisement. Charge is forthe rape Anderson said happened in a car. 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  With jurors outside, judge questioned whether enough evidence was presented to convict Willis ofone of the 3 forcible rape charges he faces 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Asked why he thought that Anderson was willing, Willis ended the interview with police. 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Jurors hear an interview police conducted in 2010 with Willis, who said he had sex with Andersononce and she was open to being physical 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Phelps said he called for the public repentance to preempt press coverage: Things are often tiedback to churches. 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Phelps said Anderson was presented to the church in 1997 as seeking forgiveness for allowingherself to be in a compromised relationship. 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Phelps is back on the stand, reading statement Willis made before the congregation in 1997, askingforgiveness for violating his marital vow 25 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Phelps: I do not teach forgive and forget. I teach confront. 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Judge decides there is no privilege in this case. Says he will have written ruling, noting that the issueis worthy of appellate review.  24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Jurors weren't in to hear: Issue is whether Phelps's conversations with Willis were protected bypastoral privilege. Judge is deliberating. 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Pastor Phelps about to testify. Prosecutor warns former church members in courtroom againstnegative reactions, which could lead to mistrial 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Anderson was looking down and shaking her head as her mother spoke. 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Mother says she would have pushed the police harder if Anderson had said she was raped, but saysAnderson yelled at me for reporting it. 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Mother: I was under the impression Mr. Willis was going to turn himself in and admit to having sexwith my daughter. That didn't happen. 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis trial about to resume this am, with Anderson's estranged mother again on the stand. Andersonis in the front row; courtroom is packed 24 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Anderson, questioned by Willis's attorney about when she reported allegations: Would youremember something you did 14 years ago? 23 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis attorney: Victim's feelings of not being treated fairly created a memory. And in that memory,Tina thinks she said no. 23 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Willis prosecutor: Fear, faith and family kept this secret for so long. For too long. 23 May   maddiehanna   Maddie Hanna  Courtroom is crowded but quiet waiting for former Trinity Baptist member Ernest Willis's trial on rapecharges to begin. Jurors filing in. 23 May  
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