The Elizabeth Smart trial kicked off today and it’s already turned into a circus. Brian David Mitchell, the man standing trial for abducting her for nine months, was kicked out today for making a mockery of the court.
U.S. District Judge Dale Kimball booted Brian, a self-proclaimed prophet, for singing hymns for a half-hour. And it’s not the first time he has done this. He has been kicked out of courtrooms previously for the same offense and for quoting scripture.
Brian will not be allowed back into the courtroom for the time being, which will probably make it easier for Elizabeth when she testifies. He’ll have to watch the proceeding from another room in the courthouse. He will also not be allowed, as weirdly requested, to wear his robes.