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Jury selection in church rape case to begin


Defendant admits to consensual sex

By Lynne Tuohy / The Associated Press


May 16, 2011

The case of a 15-year-old girl who prosecutors say was raped by


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Former Trinity Baptist Church Pastor Charles
Phelps is on the prosecution's list of witnesses.
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Anderson told the police that Phelps arranged for her to move to Colorado and forced her to write
a letter of apology she had to read to the fundamentalist congregation.
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Anderson told the AP earlier this month she is nervous about testifying and having her life showdown could be in
rehashed publicly, but added, "It needs to be done. Justice needs to be done." Minnesota
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In court documents, Coull said he doesn't object to a motion by defense lawyers Donna Brown New York now gearing up…
and Brooksley Belander to be allowed to question Anderson about sexual abuse inflicted on her 05:22 PM

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Coull does object to defense efforts to bar testimony about Willis's offer to take Anderson out of NH
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Hampshire State Police are…
said in court documents that Willis's "willingness to use violence" is highly relevant "and clearly 04:01 PM
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