Jury likely to begin deliberating fate of Brian David Mitchell tonight
SALT LAKE CITY - The jury in the trial of Brian David Mitchell will begin deliberations tonight, a court spokeswoman said.
Closing arguments are expected to begin about 3 p.m. Each side will have 90 minutes to wrap up its case and the jurors could begin deciding Mitchell's fate tonight. Ref. Source 5
"If there is some end of the things we do, which we desire for its own sake, clearly this must be the good. Will not knowledge of it, then, have a great influence on life? Shall we not, like archers who have a mark to aim at, be more likely to hit upon what we should? If so, we must try, in outline at least, to determine what it is." -- Aristotle. Nicomachean Ethics.(I.1094a18). c. 325 BC.
Well finally the Smart family get some justice:
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Smart's Parents Want Wanda Barzee In Utah
Elizabeth Smart's parents, Ed and Lois, were at the hearing and asked board member Robert Yeates to force Barzee to serve her full 15-year state sentence after she is released from federal prison. "I never want her to have the chance of hurting another child again," Ed Smart said. Ref. Source 3
"Under federal law, crime victims have the right to address both the court and the defendant and explain how the crime has affected them. She can talk to Judge Kimball and talk to Mitchell on what effect his crimes have had on her," said University of Utah law professor and former federal judge Paul Cassell. During a series of short interviews with the media last week, Smart told the Deseret News she hadn't decided what she will tell Mitchell. Ref. Source 2
Life In Prison
A federal judge imposed a life sentence on Brian David Mitchell, who was convicted in December of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart, prosecutors said.
The homeless street preacher in 2002 abducted, raped and kept the 14-year-old Utah girl captive for nine months. He was found guilty after jurors rejected the insanity defense mounted by his lawyers. Ref. CNN
We will see more about Elizabeth soon. She has been hired by ABC to work for Good Morning America. She will be probably start working next week commenting on the Casey Anthony Case.
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Brian David Mitchel To Prison
It's still unclear which federal prison the 57-year-old is heading to, but that information will likely become public Thursday. The Federal Bureau of Prisons does not release where inmates are housed until they have been safely transported, said Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons. Ref. Source 2