Psychologist says Brian David Mitchell has schizophrenia

Doctor doesn't think he's competent to stand trial at this time

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  • Kim
    Dec. 10, 2009 12:35 p.m.

    If he is not competent to stand trial for any reason, then he is also not competent to be released. There is no reason to believe that he would not commit the same or other crimes again. Keep him locked up in a mental health ward forever.

  • Thinker
    Dec. 10, 2009 12:29 p.m.

    Mitchell is not capable of assisting in his defense because he dosent understand the justice system.

    Please tell me who really does. This system is built by and around lawyers and their language.

    I am not mentally ill and hold three degrees. That does not mean I understand the legal system. I would refer to my attorney on these matters or be arrogant enough to yell my own feeligs for all to hear.

    Lets discuss the feeling that God will deliver him out in two years. Isnt that what ervil LaBarron thought, what about Charles Manson? Beleaving that God will deliver me up makes a person mentally ill would then lead us to conclude that Moses, Noah, John the Baptist and all who belive in Joseph Smith are all mentally ill. Just think,an entire world of mentally ill people just because they dont understand the system or believe in a God.

    Lets get on with this. Have a trial and put him away. Otherwise he will be in the State Hospital for the rest of his life waiting to suddenly become a man for all seasons.

  • psycho dude
    Dec. 10, 2009 9:55 a.m.

    Who has more crediblity, a doctor who observed Mitchell daily for 2 years, or someone who hasn't observed him and is being paid $500,000 for their "expert opinion"? Mitchell is obviously guilty of heinous crimes, but that is not the issue. The issue is weather or not he is competent to stand trial.

  • lost in DC
    Dec. 10, 2009 4:43 a.m.

    experts are so easily duped

  • wet
    Dec. 9, 2009 11:20 p.m.

    Dr. WHitehead works at a federal facility evaluating prisoners. He is out of his league in a world beyond bars. Let's hope the authorities understand he is the real "naive" person in this case.

  • Lacee
    Dec. 9, 2009 3:03 p.m.

    Whitehead clearly does not understand the mentality of people who choose to believe that God tells them to commit crimes. Mitchell took Smart out in public many times because he willfully deluded himself into believing that God would protect him. Because of that, he felt he was above the law. Making Smart wear a disguise & calling her his daughter in public clearly shows that he knew what he was doing the whole time & he knew it was wrong, he simply didn't care. The terrorists who attacked the US on September 11, 2001 also believed God told them to commit crimes. But I bet that if they'd been apprehended beforehand they'd all be in prison right now, not a mental hospital.

  • Jann
    Dec. 9, 2009 2:40 p.m.

    Throw the creep in point of the mountain and throw the keys away.

  • Arrogance
    Dec. 9, 2009 1:43 p.m.

    Apparently this Doctor does not understand arrogant people. They feel they are above the law and are not subject to it, therefore they are impervious to being caught.

  • Slgs5
    Dec. 9, 2009 1:29 p.m.

    I will never pretend to understand the justice system we employ. But really, how hard could this be? It should go something like this....Miss. Smart, did this man take you from your room without your consent? Yes...Did this man keep you from your family, and as a captive? YES! Did this man sexually assault you, and abuse you? YES! Did this man threaten your life? YES! Were you in your early teens when this happened? YES!. There you go, seems pretty simple to me. He is guilty of kidnapping, keeping a hostage, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, making terroristic threats etc. Not a difficult thing to figure out.