Elizabeth Smart Defendant Booted from Court for Singing

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The trial of the man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart got underway Monday, and if day one was any indication, these are is going to be very interesting proceedings -- the defendant was kicked out of court for singing.

Brian David Mitchell is charged with kidnapping Elizabeth in 2002 when she was just 14-years-old. Nine months later, she was found wandering the streets of Utah with Mitchell and his now-estranged wife.

Mitchell was singing hymns very softly as jury selection got underway in Salt Lake City. After about a half an hour of listening to Mitchell's nonsense, the judge got fed up and ordered Mitchell out. He was taken to another room to watch on a video monitor.

Mitchell faces federal charges of kidnapping and unlawful transportation of a minor across state lines. He could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted.

Mitchell's lawyers plan an insanity defense, saying their client is delusional and cannot be held responsible for his actions. Mitchell believes he is something of a god.

Elizabeth testified for the first time last year at Mitchell's competency hearing. She said that within hours after being snatched from her bedroom, she was forced to become Mitchell's polygamous wife and endured repeated rapes and other abuses throughout her captivity.

Mitchell's wife, Wanda Eileen Barzee, cut a deal and is serving a 15-year sentence. She agreed to cooperate with prosecutors. Curiously though, she is not on the list of prosecution witnesses. The defense plans to call her to testify on Mitchell's behalf.