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Judge To Hear Arguments on Mitchell's Competency Hearing

Judge To Hear Arguments on Mitchell's Competency Hearing

Posted - Apr. 1, 2004 at 9:01 a.m.



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(KSL News) It's a big day in the Elizabeth Smart case.

This morning a judge will hear arguments on whether Brian David Mitchell's competency hearing should be closed to the media and public.

Attorney's for Mitchell say open court proceedings prevent their client from getting a fair trial. But news organizations claim First Amendment rights are being violated by closing the hearings.

This morning a judge will also decide if Mitchell's competency hearing should be delayed yet again because one of his attorneys has left the case.

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