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Elizabeth Smart to confront her kidnapper for first time since her rescue

Former judge predicts 'very heavy sentence' for Mitchell

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  • beatrice Beaverton, OR
    May 26, 2011 9:28 a.m.

    "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 quite
    inappropriate.

  • protect Sandy, UT
    May 25, 2011 8:37 a.m.

    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.

  • Teacher35yrs. Sandy, UT
    May 25, 2011 7:09 a.m.

    Please, no more Elizabeth Smart. Let her live a private life.

  • azgal Buckeye, AZ
    May 24, 2011 10:22 a.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 23, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    @John Pack Lambert

    Actually, you are the one making assumptions. You are assuming that I don't have good sources on what happened. Your assumption is incorrect.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    May 23, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    Will there ever be closure to this?

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    May 23, 2011 12:48 p.m.

    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.

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    May 23, 2011 12:44 p.m.

    Actually proposing to Sister missionaries is allowable. A sister missionary who decides to get married is given an honorable release.

  • BobP Port Alice, B.C.
    May 23, 2011 12:12 p.m.

    Mitchell may well learn about being a victim in prison.

    "Skinners" are not well liked there.

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 23, 2011 11:58 a.m.

    He will probably start singing hymns before she even has a chance to say anything.

  • So. Cal Reader Escondido, CA
    May 23, 2011 11:24 a.m.

    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.‎

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    May 23, 2011 10:54 a.m.

    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.

  • MoJules Florissant, MO
    May 23, 2011 10:19 a.m.

    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.

  • onlyforbrian brussels, ontario
    May 23, 2011 10:01 a.m.

    "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 man.

  • Captain Picard Houston, TX
    May 23, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    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.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    May 23, 2011 8:58 a.m.

    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.

  • Franjeado Lambare, Paraguay
    May 23, 2011 8:53 a.m.

    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.

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 23, 2011 8:18 a.m.

    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 Rabbit (in Spanish) Salt Lake City, UT
    May 23, 2011 8:13 a.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    May 23, 2011 8:01 a.m.

    Red Headed Stranger: Nobody broken into the MTC to propose to Elizabeth.

  • Red Headed Stranger Billy Bobs, TX
    May 23, 2011 7:18 a.m.

    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.)

  • Big Hapa Kaysville, UT
    May 23, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    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 you.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    May 23, 2011 6:26 a.m.

    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.

  • jeffcorry Orderville, Utah
    May 23, 2011 6:19 a.m.

    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!

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    May 22, 2011 11:57 p.m.

    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.

  • Hubble65 Sandy, UT
    May 22, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    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.

  • Silly Rabbit Magna, UT
    May 22, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    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

  • srh83 Hillsboro, OR
    May 22, 2011 10:39 p.m.

    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.

  • awsomeron1 Oahu, HI
    May 22, 2011 9:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Captain Picard Houston, TX
    May 22, 2011 8:07 p.m.

    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.