Former judge predicts 'very heavy sentence' for Mitchell
"Actually proposing to Sister missionaries is allowable. A sister
missionary who decides to get married is given an honorable release."Just wondering why the females but not the males? Any thoughts?I
do think that profiting from a movie and a book is quiteinappropriate.
This is Elizabeths day not Mitchell's. His rights only go so far. I'm all for
his mouth being taped shut.I don't think what she'll say will penetrate his
conscience but it would be fair that she get to tell him what she wants. I hope
this will give her some closure. I hope it happens the way she wants.
Please, no more Elizabeth Smart. Let her live a private life.
I like Elizabeth's comment that he should be muzzled and sit there and listen to
what she has to say. She was forced to hear all that he had to say for months,
it's the least he can do now, to listen to her for minutes.
@John Pack LambertActually, you are the one making assumptions. You
are assuming that I don't have good sources on what happened. Your assumption
Will there ever be closure to this?
Brave Sir Robin, You assume to much. No where does it say the man in
question was a student at BYU. You are just making all sorts of unwarrented
assumptions.Even a bigger assumption on your part is that the guy
was wearing a nametag. You are making all sorts of assumptions that
are just not supported by the known information.
Actually proposing to Sister missionaries is allowable. A sister missionary who
decides to get married is given an honorable release.
Mitchell may well learn about being a victim in prison."Skinners" are not well liked there.
He will probably start singing hymns before she even has a chance to say
Judge Kimball will have to go to great lengths to ensure Mitchell remains in the
courtroom to listen to Ms. Smart's victim-impact statement.
Mitchell has yet to remain in the courtroom for any hearing over the
past 7 years. But, hes been determined to be sane (i.e., the
Competency Hearing) and he's now been found guilty by a Jury. For
purposes of a sentencing hearing, the Judge can order that the defendant be
restrained in the courtroom-- there's usually an eye-bolt in the
floor under the defense table where waist chains and handcuffs can be
secured to. Im aware of judges in other states who have also ordered
that a defendant has his/her mouth taped closed. I HOPE Elizabeth
gets to address this beast directly. The reality? I simply think hell
be much too disruptive and will be removed yet again. Remember, he
still thinks there are those who believe hes crazy, so hell continue
to act the part. Either way, I hope this address brings closure to Elizabeth
and the Smart family.
Elizabeth Smart is a very intelligent, wise and spiritual young woman. She will
not lower herself to Mitchell's level, no she will be very clear in her words
and emotion. What a remarkable woman she has become. I have the upmost respect
and regard for all she has had to endure and yet she came through it with much
dignity, strength and love for her Heavenly Father. What an example for the
world to know and hear about.
Elizabeth is such a testimony of how the Atonement can help to heal the person
who was wronged. Many times I have read in the LDS Ensign of people who had
been abused and how they were only able to heal by letting the Atonement work
for them. Who better would know what they went through then the Savior. As for Mitchell, I hope that he doesn't go to the mental institution,
look at his pattern, he tries to find people who are weak in mind or age and
manipulate them. Wanda is mentally ill, Elizabeth was a child, Mitchell was
able to use his mental skills to force his ideas and will on them. He needs to
go to prison and they better keep him away from others, cause they do not take
kindly to people who abuse children.
"It is a pity that such a sweet, innocent, beautiful girl as Elizabeth,
both on the inside and out, had to endure such abuse. My heart goes out to her
and her family. I just hope the Judge during sentencing doesn't buy into
Mitchell's deceitful faking of "mental problems". His past actions
have proven he is an actor, a liar, and master manipulator and the Judge
shouldn't fall for it for a second. If it were up to me, I would sentence this
man to life without parole in "Supermax" where he can spend the rest
of his days in a barren, windowless, 6x8 cell, staring at the walls, remembering
his crimes. Protective custody or a mental institution is far too good for this
In response to the post by: awsomeron1 | 9:26 p.m. May 22, 2011 There was
a movie about Elizabeth Smart called "The Elizabeth Smart Story", it
did not star Dakota Fanning, shown on CBS in fall 2003. There have been at
least three books on the kidnapping case, two written by Elizabeth Smart's
relatives,one by newspaper reporters from New York. "Held Captive"
written by the New York reporters, "Bringing Elizabeth Home" written
by her parents, and "In Plain Sight" written by Tom Smart & Lee
Benson of The Deseret News. Tom Smart is Elizabeth Smart's uncle.
She won't get to confront him - he'll starting singing and be taken out of
court.But how about this?"It wasn't until a man she
had once dated whom she clearly told it wasn't going to work out between them
made an ill-advised marriage proposal inside the MTC that Smart knew going on a
mission was what she wanted to do."All I can do is shake my
head and say, only at BYU. Seriously, man...this is a girl who's had an
emotionally traumatizing life. And you thought proposing inside the MTC, while
you were both wearing the nametag, after she had already dumped you, was a good
idea? That proposal probably added a fair amount of emotional scarring to
somebody who's already been through enough.
I hope they give him an exemplary punishment, according to the laws of this
earth; after all he has to pay much more after this life, when he will be judged
by HIM who knows everything.
Having someone in our family that was abused and was and is psychologically
damaged forever, it is not just the individual that is damaged. You can't
believe the anguish and pain every day and night wondering where our child was
and if the next car would the one with our child coming home. We had insurance
money to help cover some medical and counselling expenses but it was still super
expensive but worth those pains to get our child back, physically. Our child is
not emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, etc. over this damage done when
eight years old. It took us 8 - 9 years more to figure out the problem and what
happened until a thoughtful doctor in Pocatello figured the cause. We then had
to do some investigation to try to determine the instigator. There are millions
of children out there and not all of the offenders are on any list because they
are not caught.Thank goodness, the evil person who did this to
Elizabeth Smart will hopefully get part of his justice on this earth and also
eternally. He is unrepentant. I can see our child's pain 33 years later in the
eyes and soul.
The "floor" for sentencing should be whenever he dies a natural death.
The "ceiling" should be after he has been placed in the ground. Those
should be the parameters the judge is looking at.
Red Headed Stranger: Nobody broken into the MTC to propose to Elizabeth.
Wait, I hadn't heard this before. Some guy that she had been dating physically
went inside the MTC to propose to her? Break into the MTC, sneak around till
you find her, and then propose marriage to Elizabeth Smart? Yeah, dude, that
will TOTALLY impress her.(My apologies if the guy just wrote a
letter - but not too much. You are supposed to leave missionaries alone.)
Another hurdle to clear,another moment to endure, soon you will know his fate
and perhaps some sweet repose and soul full calm will replace this cycle of
forced remembrance and this all will begin to fade to the dark place from where
it came.Time washes over us all and mends our souls, may God bless
In making the determination of what sentence to give Mitchel, it should be
remembered the only damage wasn't to Elizabeth. Her parents suffered immensely.
I believe most of the damage was done to them not Elizabeth.
What a great lady this young girl has turned into! I remember how excited
everyone was when she was found again. How many must have prayed for her. Keep
it up Miss Smart!
I'm glad she has made the best she can of everything. No one can ever know how
damaged she has been. But, the Gospel is the answer and she knows that. I hope
she is able to have every blessing that can come to a child of God.
Good luck and after this week may your only publicity be the charity you've
founded. Go and continue to have a terrific life, keep smiling and enjoy life,
and all it stages; we only get to do life once.
I hope the best for this fine young Lady, she needs to have her say and move on
so she can find the rest of her Journey in this life. I hope after this for her
sake the news media and others let her take that Journey in peace.....God Bless you Elizabeth
I really really hope that Mitchell does get a "very very heavy"
sentence. I can't imagine him possibly getting anything less than life in
prison, but you never know these days.
I hope this is soon over. It should have been over years ago.I am
glad that the Mission is finally over, as she is in her middle twentys now. Mitchell should never see the street again. Weather in Jail or a mental
Health Unit. He should be in lock down 23/7, and kept away from General
Population.Liz Smart was very luck that day when the Cops in Sandy
Stopped them. They really had No Reason to do so. This is America and you can go
or be taken down the street with your head covered if you want to. I
am however very glad they where stopped.No one should really care
how Mitchell acts and the judge should stay within Guide Lines because you do
not want any basis for appeal. I am glad she got to give her mission
talk and i am sure that there will be many more.When she gets done
with the Movie (Dakota Fanning) and the Book, I am hope that she is able to find
some one she likes and goes on to lead a fairly normal life. The MTC
Proposal is not a first. Not all rejusted.
IMO she will tell Mitchell off in no uncertain terms, he won't like hearing the
truth, but he's going to hear it. And she will do the telling off of Mitchell
with class and dignity. Maybe a little light will will come on in Mitchell's
mind that perhaps he made a big mistake, but that might be wishful thinking on
my part as IMO Mitchell thinks it's all about him.