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More than eight years after a homeless street preacher abducted and sexually assaulted her, a beaming Elizabeth Smart said that a federal jury's guilty verdicts Friday sent a message that victims can find justice.

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People.com: Elizabeth Smart's Kidnapper Found Guiltyupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 18:08:00

Brian David Mitchell is convicted of kidnapping and transporting a child across state lines for sexual purposes

Jury reaches verdict in Elizabeth Smart caseupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 13:16:00

Jurors on Friday reached a verdict in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, a court spokesman said.

Jury deliberating in Elizabeth Smart caseupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 00:26:00

The jury began deliberations Thursday in the trial of Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002.

Elizabeth Smart storms out of courtroom during trialupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 21:00:00

Elizabeth Smart stormed out of the courtroom Wednesday during the trial of Brian Mitchell, charged with kidnapping the Utah teenager in 2002, CNN affiliate KSTU reported.

People.com: Elizabeth Smart Storms Out of Courtroomupdated: Wed Dec 01 2010 17:54:00

Testimony about her from a forensic psychiatrist makes her get up and leave

Utah kidnapping suspect's medical problem prompts trial delayupdated: Tue Nov 30 2010 13:10:00

The federal trial of Brian David Mitchell, charged in connection with the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart, was halted Tuesday after Mitchell suffered a medical problem in court, according to CNN affiliate KSTU.

People.com: Elizabeth Smart Kidnapping Accomplice Tearfully Testifiesupdated: Sun Nov 21 2010 18:09:00

Wanda Barzee tells how she stood by as Brian David Mitchell committed rape

Smart's accused captor: Insane, or a calculating 'deceiver'?updated: Sun Nov 21 2010 07:23:00

Each morning of his federal kidnapping trial, Brian David Mitchell sings. In the last few days, he has chosen a holiday theme, with "Silent Night" or "Joy to the World' rising from the defense table as Mitchell closes his eyes and rocks slightly -- lost, it appears, in hymns and psalms.

Smart trial defendant described as manipulativeupdated: Sat Nov 20 2010 07:01:00

The estranged wife of the man accused of kidnapping then-14-year-old Elizabeth Smart from her family's Salt Lake City home in 2002 testified Friday that the defendant manipulated her into doing things by saying his orders were divine law.

Elizabeth Smart's 'nine months in hell'updated: Fri Nov 19 2010 06:12:00

Elizabeth Smart testifies about her kidnapping. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

David Mitchell's wife, brother give accounts of his troubled pathupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 06:12:00

When Wanda Barzee shared her story of an abusive marriage in a church-sponsored counseling session in 1985, Brian David Mitchell took her hand to comfort her. "And we've held hands ever since," Mitchell's wife testified Thursday.

Tales of alienation arise as suspect's kin testify in Smart trialupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 21:57:00

The elderly parents of Elizabeth Smart's accused kidnapper testified Wednesday that he was a troubled boy who grew increasingly self-absorbed as a man.

Elizabeth Smart's story: Nine months of what ifs and near missesupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 11:01:00

Maybe Elizabeth Smart wouldn't have spent "nine months in hell" if her mother hadn't burned the potatoes.

Accused captor is an unholy hypocrite, Smart saysupdated: Thu Nov 11 2010 09:08:00

They were the words Elizabeth Smart waited eight years to say, and when she spoke them from the witness stand Wednesday, they poured out with an intensity that brought jurors to the edge of their seats.

Documents trace strange odyssey of suspect in Smart kidnappingupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 16:11:00

Shortly after he was arrested in March 2003 and charged with kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in the dark of night, self-styled prophet Brian David Mitchell wrote that God intended for her to be at his side as he battled the Antichrist and restored the true Mormon faith to its rightful place.

Path cleared for re-start of Elizabeth Smart kidnapping trialupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 21:06:00

A federal appeals court cleared the way Friday for the resumption of the trial of Brian David Mitchell, the man charged in the kidnapping of Elizabeth Smart.

Appeals court halts trial of Elizabeth Smart kidnapping suspectupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 14:26:00

A federal appeals court halted the trial of a man accused in the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart just as it got under way Thursday in order to review the defense's request to move the trial outside the state.

Alleged mastermind behind Elizabeth Smart kidnapping to stand trialupdated: Thu Nov 04 2010 13:03:00

More than eight years after a Utah teenager disappeared from her bedroom on a summer night, the trial of the man authorities believe masterminded her kidnapping is expected to get underway Thursday.

Alleged mastermind behind Elizabeth Smart kidnapping to stand trialupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 16:47:00

More than eight years after a Utah teenager disappeared from her bedroom on a summer night, the man authorities believe masterminded her kidnapping is set to stand trial in federal court.

People.com: Trial to Begin for Elizabeth Smart's Accused Kidnapperupdated: Mon Nov 01 2010 10:50:00

After waiting seven years, "Elizabeth will be glad to see it all coming to an end," her father tells PEOPLE

Judge denies, for now, plea to move trial of Smart kidnapping suspectupdated: Tue Aug 17 2010 09:15:00

A federal judge has denied a request to move the trial of Brian David Mitchell, who is accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart in 2002, but may revisit the issue depending on the results of potential juror questionnaires.

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper apologizes to family at sentencingupdated: Tue May 25 2010 09:20:00

A woman who admitted her role in kidnapping Utah teen Elizabeth Smart in 2002 was sentenced Friday to 15 years in federal prison.

People.com: Elizabeth Smart's Mother Confronts Kidnapperupdated: Sat May 22 2010 21:07:00

"You hurt our family in ways you’ll never know," Lois Smart says at Wanda Barzee's sentencing

Sentencing in Elizabeth Smart kidnapping set for Fridayupdated: Wed May 19 2010 20:33:00

A woman who pleaded guilty to kidnapping Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart in 2002 -- and attempting to kidnap Smart's cousin a month later -- will be sentenced for both offenses in state and federal court Friday.

Elizabeth Smart kidnap suspect to stand trial in Novemberupdated: Sun Mar 14 2010 10:58:00

A November 1 trial date has been set for Brian David Mitchell, who is suspected in the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart, said a spokeswoman for federal prosecutors.

Federal judge rules Elizabeth Smart suspect competent to stand trialupdated: Mon Mar 01 2010 17:25:00

Brian David Mitchell, accused of kidnapping Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart in 2002, is competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Monday.

Daughter: Mom was a 'monster'updated: Tue Feb 23 2010 09:37:00

In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was taken at knifepoint from her bedroom in one of the highest-profile kidnappings of all time. Elizabeth was rescued nine months later, after her sister recalled a memory from the night of the abduction. She'd allegedly been taken by a man who had done some repair work on the family's home, a self-proclaimed prophet named Brian David Mitchell.

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper pleads guilty to trying to abduct cousinupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 16:44:00

A woman convicted in the 2002 kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart pleaded guilty in the attempted kidnapping of Smart's cousin a month later, court officials said Monday.

Police 'fairly certain' remains are student missing from Metallica concertupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 12:27:00

Police tentatively identified remains found on a remote farm as the Virginia Tech student who disappeared in October during a Metallica concert.

Kidnapper apologizes to Elizabeth Smart, will cooperateupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 09:38:00

A woman accused of helping kidnap Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart from her bed in 2002 apologized to the young woman Tuesday as she pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Guilty plea in Smart abductionupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 09:38:00

Wanda Barzee pleaded guilty to federal charges stemming from the 2002 abduction of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart.

People.com: Woman Who Helped Kidnap Elizabeth Smart Pleads Guiltyupdated: Tue Nov 17 2009 18:12:00

Wanda Barzee agrees to testify against her husband, who allegedly masterminded Smart's imprisonment

People.com: Elizabeth Smart Says Her Ordeal Never Held Her Backupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 13:06:00

"We all have our trials," she says, but we also "have angels on the other side"

Captor kept me on tether, Elizabeth Smart testifiesupdated: Sat Oct 03 2009 09:48:00

Elizabeth Smart was not afraid to face Brian Mitchell in her first testimony detailing her 2002 abduction.

Smart's dad 'very proud'updated: Sat Oct 03 2009 09:48:00

A prosecutor and Elizabeth Smart's father react to her testimony against Brian Mitchell detailing her 2002 abduction.

People.com: Elizabeth Smart Testifies About Her Abduction Ordeal in Horrifying Detailupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 14:47:00

The kidnapped Utah woman says she was drugged, bound, starved and repeatedly sexually assaulted

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