John Walsh: Smart Handled Personal Testimony With Dignity and Grace
When Elizabeth Smart stepped down from the stand, ending three days of excruciatingly personal testimony Wednesday, she had painted her accused kidnapper as a brutally cruel, religious zealot obsessed with sex. Speaking in a controlled voice, her words tinged with anger, Smart called Brian David Mitchell selfish and a “hypocrite” who raped her at every chance he got even while proclaiming himself to be God’s servant. “I’m always impressed by her grace, her dignity, but most of all her courage,” John Walsh of “America’s Most Wanted” told “Good Morning America” today. “She’s been waiting to get on that witness stand for years.”
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