Elizabeth Smart became infuriated Wednesday when a witness testified that Smart had discussed having a baby with Brian David Mitchell.
Smart stormed from the courtroom as psychiatrist Paul Whitehead was saying that reproduction seemed to be one of Mitchell’s motivations for allegedly kidnapping and sexually abusing the then- 14-year-old girl.
Whitehead — who treated Mitchell at Utah State Hospital and was called as a defense witness — testified that Mitchell had told Smart she would be reunited with her family in 10 years as the mother of a 10-year-old child. “Mr. Mitchell was talking with Ms. Smart about having babies. I think, at that point, Ms. Smart had picked out a name,” Whitehead said.
IMO, "storming out" paints a picture of a spoiled brat throwing a tantrum. I think "left the courtroom abruptly" probably paints a more accurate picture. I think she left because she was not only angry, but upset--and I don't blame her.
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Of course this is typical legal maneuvering, to which the general public does not need to be privy. Her attny should have prepared ES for this eventual tactic- and given ES the freedom to avoid court that day. I do not blame ES for leaving!
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