Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Fit to Stand Trial

Brian D. Mitchell, the man charged in the 2002 kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart, was found fit to stand trial this week. Mr. Mitchell has undergone several competency hearings over the years, with reports claiming that he was suffering with everything from "narcissistic delusions" to antisocial personality disorder or possibly schizophrenia.

He has been held in a state psychiatric hospital in Utah since 2005, when he was first found unfit to stand trial. In the years since his admission, the constant observation of hospital staff has provided new information to support the claim that he is not only in fact competent for trial, but also possibly malingering (faking) psychotic symptoms to avoid life in prison.

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Welcome to the Forensic Focus blog, blogging the world of forensic psychology by Kelly McAleer, The Forensic Focus blog will discuss issues in forensic psychology such as current legal cases and recent research. Topics will cover forensic psychology in the media, book...