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The jury didn’t buy Brian David Mitchell’s insanity defense. After just five hours of deliberation, a federal jury found Mitchell guilty of kidnapping then 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart and taking her across state lines to engage in sexual activity. Most in the media agree- justice was served.
JANE VALEZ-MITCHELL: “I thought ‘Eureka!’ Finally! After eight years somebody is standing up and saying we do not buy this ridiculous act…No, we’re not going to buy this insanity defense because obviously he knew right from wrong because he hid her. He threatened to kill her.” (HLN)
Smart, now 23, took the stand as the prosecution’s star witness. MSNBC’s legal analyst Paul Callan says- after that- Mitchell didn’t stand a chance.
PAUL CALLAN (Former prosecutor): “When you have a horrific crime like this one…I don’t think there’s sympathy that gets raised with any jury. So the chance of this insanity defense succeeding on this fact pattern I think was just never there.”
A Fox News legal analyst adds, Mitchell’s “insane act” was convincing inside the courtroom- but his performance was inconsistent.
MERCEDES COLWIN (Legal analyst): “It’s interesting because during testimony over the course of the trial, the marshals took the stand and said ‘He was lucid at various points in time.’ When he was coming into the courtroom he was whistling and singing but as soon as he was in the backroom outside the presence of the jury he sits down, takes a nap, puts earplugs in his ears. He was acting very sane outside of the courtroom.
Fox’s Megyn Kelly wanted to know- was it necessary to force Smart to relive her nightmare in front of the jury? Legal analyst Arthur Aidala (I-dolla) says yes- because even though it doesn’t technically undermine Mitchell’s insanity defense- it tugged at the jurors’ hearts.
ARTHUR AIDALA (Legal analyst): “When you have human beings who have hearts and souls and they want to do what they think is right. When you have such a sympathetic person like Elizabeth and such heinous crimes that were committee upon her, a lot of times one way or the other, jurors take the law into their own hands. They do what they think justice dictates and here obviously that’s what they did.”
So what now? MSNBC talked to one defense attorney who says – appeal is possible, but at the end of the day, this case is closed.
JOE TACOPINA (Defense attorney): “They will appeal because they have to. But from what I know about this trial, I don’t think there are any viable appellate issues.
The jury recommended the maximum sentence for Mitchell- life in prison. His sentencing is set for May 25th, 2011. As for Smart, she’ll return to Paris, where she’s busy with mission work for the Mormon Church.
JANE VALEZ- MITCHELL: “She is the ultimate example that it really doesn’t matter what cards you’re dealt, it’s how you play them….really what an inspiration to the entire world. Put your own problems in perspective and look how she has emerged triumphant from all of this.”
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Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor passes away at 79.
A look back at the life and career of Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor who died today aged 79.
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After more than sixty years in the limelight, legendary actress Liz Tayor died Wednesday after a long battle with congestive heart failure. She was 79 years old.
Born in London to American parents in 1932, Taylor started out as a child star. She went on to win two Academy Awards and three Oscar nods and was the first actress to receive a million dollars for a single part for her role in ‘Cleopatra.’ (Video: WFLD)
And with her passing, the media are taking the time to reflect on the beloved and sometimes controversial Elizabeth Taylor. Fox News starts at the beginning...
REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “Elizabeth Taylor was only twelve years old when she achieved international fame in the 1944 classic ‘National Velvet.’
ELIZABETH TAYLOR: “If anybody ever sells The Pie, I might as well die.”
REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “By the 1950s, the London-born American was box office magic, ranking as one of the top ten movie stars of the decade.”
And CNN notes, her personal life was a hot topic in American pop culture.
REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “Her highly publicized real-life sagas were punctuated by eight marriages to seven different men, Richard Burton twice. ... Her often tempestuous marriages to Richard Burton, the first lasting ten years, became even more sensational fodder for the press.”
ELIZABETH TAYLOR: “I think he’s one of the finest actors in--”
RICHARD BURTON: “One of the finest?”
ELIZABETH TAYLOR: “Sorry.”
But an entertainment reporter tells Chicago’s WFLD: the icon will also be remembered for her activism, which won her a third Oscar.
REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “She was really just about the first major celebrity to recognize the AIDS crisis and what she did to raise attention to that disease and to continue to fight to find a cure for AIDS even in the last few years when she was really quite ill.”
An analyst tells NBC's TODAY Show, Taylor’s ability to stir up controversy stemmed from her independence and strength.
ANALYST, VOICE OVER: “Let’s not forget, this is a woman who -- for better or worse -- was never afraid to shock people. She had her scandalous moments and she shocked the country when she took up with Eddie Fisher, but my point being, that she was used to taking on the public and used to taking on controversy. ... And we are all grateful to her for that.”
ABC reports the legend’s family has asked fans and mourners to donate money to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation rather than send flowers or gifts. We leave you with a final reflection from ABC.
SHARYN ALFONSI, REPORTER, VOICE OVER: “But for all her accomplishments, Elizabeth Taylor will be remembered like this. Film preserves an image, and it preserves Elizabeth Taylor as one of the last great movie stars.”
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a tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor and her beautiful friendship with our beloved King of Pop.
Screen legend Elizabeth Taylor, the violet-eyed film goddess whose sultry screen life was often upstaged by her stormy personal life, died Wednesday at age 79.
Marc Freden has written a bookL "REALLY!?! A Memoir and Other Observations From a Man Who's Lived Life 'Not Quite Famous Enough'" in which he breaks protocol and busts some balls by writing about meeting HRH Queen Elizabeth II and other royals.
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