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Elizabeth Smart hopes to speak at Mitchell sentencing

Elizabeth Smart hopes to speak at Mitchell sentencing

By Becky Bruce | Posted - Dec. 13, 2010 at 11:51 a.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- Elizabeth Smart is hoping to face her convicted kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, at least one more time in court.

By the time of Mitchell's sentencing, Smart will be done serving her mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to France, and her father, Ed Smart, says she wants to speak at the May 25, 2011 sentencing. He tells George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Elizabeth has something specific in mind to say.

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"You are going to prison, and you're not going to be able to hurt another child," is the message Ed Smart said Elizabeth wants to convey to Mitchell. "The most important thing that came out of Friday is that no other child is going to be hurt by Brian Mitchell."

Ed Smart also revealed the reason behind Elizabeth's sudden exit from the courtroom during one of the last days of the defense's part of the case, as Dr. Paul Whitehead, the clinical director of the forensic unit at Utah State Hospital, testified. She left after Dr. Whitehead testified that she had picked out a baby's name in the event that she could become pregnant with Mitchell's child.

Smart said Elizabeth was told what to say, what to do and even what to write by Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee, during her nine months in captivity.

"That moment in the court where that doctor was alluding to that she would discuss such a thing as having a name and a child, I'm sorry, but that was just one of those lies," Ed Smart explained.

Ed Smart pointed out that the sentencing date, May 25, is appropriate - it is National Missing Children's Day.

E-mail: bbruce@ksl.com

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