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Published: Thursday, Dec. 2 2010 7:00 a.m. MST

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Salt Lake City, UT

This is all a MOCKERY of JUSTICE. Everybody knows Mitchell knew exactly what he was doing and he is a menace to society. We are tired of hearing about this legal nonsense - image how of tired of all this the Smarts are, and yet how much more does Elizabeth and her family have to go thru? How many more years of this? Too many govt and legal clowns have caused this gross waste of public money because they love rules and written word and winning more than protecting the innocent and serving justice. They should pay for all this expense and suffering of the uselss prolonged suffering of the innocent. To the innocent... hang on to the thought that it will all be made up to you at sometime.

Salt Lake City, Utah

So when are we going to hear testimony from any witness that would suggest Mitchell is insane? So far his witnesses have just confirmed that he is a pervert.

Farmington, UT

I agree with Rifleman. Mitchell is most definitely weird and a pervert, but I personally don't believe him to be "insane". He knew what he was doing, knew it was wrong, but obviously didn't care. That may make him crazy, but he's not stupid, nor insane. The only witness the jury really need listen to and remember is Elizabeth herself. What a wonderful young woman.

Edmond Dantes
West Jordan, Utah

Let's just hope a swift decision is made so we don't have to see this guy's face all over Utah news anymore. Put him away and leave the Smarts alone.

Home Town USA, UT

Dr Whitehead states that Mitchell has a Delusional disorder. I don't think it is Mitchell who suffers from that diagnosis. Whitehead is going by the journals of Barzee's. How credible are those and delusional is that?

It is time this whole trial was done. Long overdue. Enough is enough.

South Salt Lake, UT

This manipulative cuckoo should be put away for the rest of his life. Eliz Smart did the right thing when she walked away because she did not want to relive bad moments that she had with Brian David Mitchell after he took her from a loving home.

Beaverton, OR

Hang in there, Elizabeth! It's almost over. Jury deliberations should be swift and this latest grievance will pass.

Now that the defense has concluded that Mitchell is delusional and is whack-a-doodle as we all know, he has put up a great show of his weirdness. What was the point? To show he was insane? Nah, just to show that he had definite motives in snuffing out the life of Elizabeth as she knew it. I think the defense just cemented his guiltiness by showing he was sane.

Orem, UT

Whitehead testified that Mitchell was not manipulative. I think Whitehead just became another victim.

While the process is slow and frustrating, it's important that we follow the laws that guarantee due process.

Utah Girl
Vernal, UT

I think Elizabeth and her family have shown remarkable poise and self-control during this public display of her kidnap and torture. She has had to bare her soul about the most intimate details of her life, which were forced upon her against her will. I'm actually surprised she hasn't walked out sooner, and that they have all resisted the urge to strangle the life out of this maniac! They are a strong family, strong individuals, and their faith in God is what is getting them through the latest chapter in this horror story. PLEASE, don't ANYONE EVER make a movie about this!!! We've seen the movie and the reruns for 8 years now!

I am so glad Judge Kimball is the man in charge. I trust his judgement and decisions. I hope the jury will also use their best judgement and recognize that while Mitchell is surely mentally ill, because well people don't do what he's done, but he knew it was LEGALLY wrong and took measures to avoid detection. His plans were elaborate.

God bless you, Elizabeth and family.

Layton, UT

Whitehead is just a pointy headed "intellectual" who thinks he is smarter than the rest of the world.

Captain Picard
Houston, TX

IMO the real reason for Dr.Whitehead's behavior is that the defense needs to try to discredit the testimony of the main witnesses, Elizabeth Smart & Dr. Welner. If they can get Elizabeth Smart so emotionally upset so she is unable testify, they take out the person that spent nine months with Mitchell, who knows more about what he is, how he manipulates and controls. IMO it will backfire, Dr. Whitehead's crass behavior and how it effected Elizabeth Smart was viewed by the jury, which IMO irritated if not angered the jury members, and a smart legal defense team knows that a jury angry at a defense expert will not be favorable to defense attorney or their client,in the end the jury holds the power of guilt or not guilty on basis of insanity. Anymore defense experts like Whitehead and it's a slam dunk for the prosecution IMO.

Phoenix, AZ

Just put the guy away and toss out the key...Thank you.

Alpine, UT

so i guess if you want to be a pervert and do whatever you want all you have to do is act strangely and freak your mentally ill wife out so you can get away with it. i hope these jurors are smarter than the doctors who mitchell saw are.

Salt Lake City, Utah

I have a "bizarre delusion" that this trial will end and the jury will convict Mr. Mitchell.

50 years in a federal prison cell should go a long way in helping Mr. Mitchell get in touch with his inner self.

Denton, TX

I don't care if they legally prove he's a total nutburger. That doesn't make him any less guilty.

When a bear goes crazy in Yellowstone park, they don't have a trial to determine if the bear is competent--they just shoot it to protect people. Mitchell is an animal--crazy or not.

And why is he not also on trial for rape? They used to hang people for that.

Elmo, UT

the charges are kidnapping and agrivated sexual abuse (rape).

sydney, nsw

The more news stories I read the more I'm convinced that Mitchell is 'disturbed' 'mentally off' 'a nutcase''an adulterer' ....and as guilty as sin.

His lawyers offer weird detail after weird detail but nothing shows that Mitchell didn't a) know what he was doing was wrong b)commit a crime.

Hopefully they wont draw this out any longer than it needs to so Smart can get on with her life.

Mcallen, TX

Adolf Hitler suffered from bizarre delusions also. Like our courts of today, it took the world about eight years to figure that out. Good thing Brian was'nt in the same position of power.

The Rabbit (in Spanish)
Salt Lake City, UT

There seem to be several statements this doctor makes which he uses as "rules" to arrive at his conclusion.

"Nobody believes that it is possible for Brian Mitchell to be the Davidic king," DeMier said.

If someone did, would that mean he wasn't schizophrenic? Since it wouldn't, then the absence of belief can not mean he IS schizophrenic.

"Mitchell's delusions are both "grandiose" and "paranoid" and differed from extreme religious beliefs because, typically, those with extreme religious beliefs have some sort of following."

If Mitchell gained a following would it prove he isn't delusional? Since it wouldn't, the absence of a following does NOT prove he IS delusional.

"He said that those with delusions are often capable planners and can talk about things outside of their delusions, but are often preoccupied in their thoughts.".. Mitchell is a good planner....

Wait, so if I can plan and talk about things outside my religious beliefs I am delusional? What exactly is a sane person supposed to do? Become disorganized and do nothing but talk about what he beliefs?

This is ridiculous... These "Experts" need to interact with more "normal" people and back to reality!

Salt Lake City, UT

Because the psychiatric "experts" often don't believe much in such things as good and evil, right and wrong, God, or in the notion of morality, but instead see things only in terms of "ill," or "not ill," they fail to sufficiently consider the possibility of lying as a means of concealing a known wrong. This is how Mitchell has been able to so thoroughly and easily bamboozle these "experts," Whitehead and DeMier. And the grandiosity, narcissism, and self-aggrandizement which prompts Mitchell to apply a distorted view of biblical scripture to himself is perhaps similar to that which leads experts like Whitehead and DeMier to dig in their heels, stand by their diagnoses, and discount the possibility of misdiagnosis, despite evidence to the contrary and despite the hazard of a miscarriage of justice. Compounding the problem is the phenomenon of the lie that becomes so big, and so thorough, that the person making the lie becomes deceived by his own lie, despite his own knowledge.

That is not insanity. It is evil, and it is Mitchell.

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