A mere seven years after his arrest, Brian David Mitchell has been ruled competent to stand trial for kidnapping Elizabeth Smart. His defense attorney expects the trial will take place last year. Experts’ opinion of Mitchell’s mental status has been divided and everyone concedes that there’s a lot wrong with him, but the judge believes he is capable of assisting his defense and is faking some of his symptoms in order to avoid a trial. Mitchell’s wife and partner in crime, Wanda Barzee, was also initially ruled incompetent, but later on she pleaded guilty.
This is basically going to be a show trial — I mean, what does the state have left to prove? Everyone knows what Mitchell did and I don’t envy his lawyers, having to advocate for that piece of scum. This case has dragged on long enough.