Dec 1, 2007
I'm sorry I haven't been able to write much in the past three weeks, but time has been in very short supply. We've just finished three full weeks of trial and the closing arguments to the jury will begin on Monday Dec. 3, 2007. Our lawyer Doug Christie will give the defence arguments to the jury first, then Mr. Keen will present his arguments for the crown. After this the judge will give his "charge to the jury" so that they can adjourn to a private place to deliberate on their verdict.
This past week was an exhausting week for Donna and myself because we took the stand in our own defence. I took the stand Monday morning and wasn't finished until Thursday afternoon at 3 pm! You wouldn't believe how exhausting it is to be up there answering questions steadily, and knowing that everyone is listening intently for any little slip or inconsistency. I feel the good Lord was with me and helped me to remain calm and articulate under attack during my cross-examination. Everyone in the court room, including the crown, said I came across well. I thank God for answering my prayers and being with me during this test.
Donna took the stand shortly after me, and held up very well. The jury seemed to relate to her very well on an emotional basis and listened intently to her story. Donna expressed her extreme disappointment in how the police conducted themselves. She looked like she does when she is scolding our children (or me) and the police seemed to just shrink back in their seats and wish they weren't there to endure the harsh glare that only a mother can give. The crown didn't have many questions for her so she ended up spending only about 10 minutes under cross-examination. Most of the crown's questions were in relation to the missing money that the police can't seem to account for. (We had money stored in our secure vault with the guns, but the police don't have any record of what happened to it, BUT one of their own evidence pictures clearly shows a large sum of money).
I'm sorry I can't give you much more information but we are currently helping our lawyer put together his closing arguments to the jury for Monday. Your prayers of support are still much needed at this time and if any of you can make it to court on Monday, that too would be appreciated.
Yours in Liberty,
I will be strong and courageous. I will not be terrified, or discouraged;
for the Lord my God is with me wherever I go.
Dec 3, 2007 - Update from Bruce
It was a very long day, especially for Doug Christie who gave a fantastic address to the jury. I feel very good about the way our case was argued by Doug today.
We now have to listen to the crown's address to the jury tomorrow then the judge will "charge the jury" and they will deliberate on the verdicts for Donna and myself.
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