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Trial nears in Vt civil union child custody case

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By WILSON RING
Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A Mennonite pastor from Virginia is due for trial this week in a federal court in Vermont on charges he helped a woman flee the country to avoid sharing custody of her daughter with her former same-sex partner.

Federal court documents say 46-year-old Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Va., was part of a network of Mennonites who helped move Lisa Miller and daughter Isabella, now 10, from the United States to Nicaragua.

Miller is accused of driving Lisa and Isabella from Virginia to Buffalo, N.Y. Prosecutors say the mother and daughter then went on to Canada and eventually Central America.

Jury selection is set for Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Opening statements are expected Wednesday. The trial is expected to last six days.

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