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Mitchell's Lawyers Defend Their Record Request

Mitchell's Lawyers Defend Their Record Request

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The defense for the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart is defending their request for the girl's hospital records.

Brian David Mitchell's attorneys claim the only information they want from Primary Children's Medical Center is from March Twelve of 2003. That's the day Elizabeth was found in Sandy with Mitchell and his wife.

The defense says the records are relevant to the case.

Last week, Elizabeth's attorney criticized Mitchell's lawyers saying they were just trying to coerce the Smart family into agreeing to a lenient plea deal.

The Smart's lawyer filed motions to keep her medical and school records private.

This week, he filed another motion to keep the defense from confiscating a computer hard drive from the Smart's home that was seized by police after Elizabeth's kidnapping.

He says the hard drive has nothing to do with the criminal case and the defense is just trying to "harass and embarrass Smart and her family."

Mitchell is scheduled for a competency hearing on February 15th.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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