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Smart Family Hires Entertainment Lawyer
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Posted on 04/07/2003 8:04:25 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs

Smart Family Hires Entertainment Lawyer

SALT LAKE CITY, April 5, 2003

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Elizabeth Smart with her father, Ed (AP/Deseret News, Tom Smart)

Elizabeth with her parents Lois and Ed (AP Photo/Deseret News, Tom Smart)


(AP) Elizabeth Smart's family has hired a Los Angeles entertainment attorney to help them screen movie and book proposals about Elizabeth's abduction and remarkable return.



Kelly Crabb, who reportedly has negotiated contracts for Paul McCartney, Dave Matthews and Muhammad Ali, was hired a week ago, said Chris Thomas, the family's spokesman.

According to his firm's Web site, Crabb's areas of practice include motion picture, television and other programming production and financing; composer agreements, personal appearances and motion picture distribution.

"These kind of contracts are very specialized," Thomas said.

Crabb received bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University before earning a law degree from Columbia University in 1984. He also worked for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee.

Elizabeth, now 15, was abducted from her bedroom on the night of June 5. On March 12, she was found in a Salt Lake suburb with her alleged kidnappers.



TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: clowns; dummywood; elizabethsmart; entertainment; greed; hollyweird; usefulidiots
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1 posted on 04/07/2003 8:04:25 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Sigh.

Michael M. Bates: My Side of the Swamp

2 posted on 04/07/2003 8:05:31 AM PDT by mikeb704
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
The money-grubbing begins.
3 posted on 04/07/2003 8:06:14 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Gag, hurl, wretch!!
4 posted on 04/07/2003 8:06:24 AM PDT by BigWaveBetty (Mean people SUCK!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
That didn't take long.....
5 posted on 04/07/2003 8:06:38 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Now I feel even sorrier for this kid.
6 posted on 04/07/2003 8:06:43 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I am not saying one thing about this. Nope not talking... mumble mumble mumble!!
7 posted on 04/07/2003 8:07:07 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Is he dead yet? He's dead Jim!)
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To: mewzilla
"It's a beautiful story" Elizabeth's uncle.
8 posted on 04/07/2003 8:07:24 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: bonfire
Where's CPS when you need them?
9 posted on 04/07/2003 8:08:06 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Now I feel even sorrier for this kid.

It's no wonder she RAN away from home.

10 posted on 04/07/2003 8:09:36 AM PDT by 1Old Pro (The Dems are self-destructing before our eyes, How Great is That !)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Ahh, I can see the future clearly now. Elizabeth's first CD, "Mormon Chick Yo!" drives Britney right off the charts.
11 posted on 04/07/2003 8:10:35 AM PDT by JennysCool
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To: BigWaveBetty
This is SO disgusting. How much more is that girl going to be exploited? I feel as if I should go take a shower.
12 posted on 04/07/2003 8:11:47 AM PDT by ImpotentRage
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
One of the lesser - but no less appreciated - benefits of the Iraq war is that both we and the Smart Family have been spared from the 24x7 'All Elizabeth, All the time' media frenzy. Thank God that this pool girl is now safe.
Let's leave them in peace.
13 posted on 04/07/2003 8:12:31 AM PDT by SolutionsOnly
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To: mewzilla
No kidding.

I've called CPS for alot less.
14 posted on 04/07/2003 8:13:29 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: 1Old Pro
Yesterdays news, the family should have cut a deal while the iron is hot, now everyone is after Jessica Lynch (which is how it should be..)
15 posted on 04/07/2003 8:13:35 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Lois and Ed Smart for Parents of the Year! What a couple of contemptible creeps.
16 posted on 04/07/2003 8:13:37 AM PDT by Zebra
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There is something really really wrong about this family.
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I don't even have to think about this... I would NEVER, EVER do what they are doing. Exploitation ! They make me sick.
17 posted on 04/07/2003 8:15:00 AM PDT by Preachers Kid
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I thought of your screen name this morning when I saw this picture on another thread:

Irony -- it's so ironic!

18 posted on 04/07/2003 8:17:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Republicam)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I'm shocked! Shocked and surprised, I tell you!
I just didn't see this one coming at all!

19 posted on 04/07/2003 8:17:26 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
They really have no choice.

The movies of the week are gonna get made with or without them.
By negotiating the best deal they can on an "Authorized Version" they can have some control over how the story is done, possibly even get script aproval rights.

So9

20 posted on 04/07/2003 8:17:41 AM PDT by Servant of the Nine (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: Servant of the Nine
Or they can ignore the whole thing and concentrate on taking care of their daughter. Who cares what other people think? And why make money off of what happened to their daughter? She's a human being, their child, not a commodity.
21 posted on 04/07/2003 8:20:12 AM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I hope they give some of the cash they make to the Laura Recover Center and to other groups that busted their butts looking for that kid.
22 posted on 04/07/2003 8:20:15 AM PDT by isthisnickcool
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To: SolutionsOnly
"Let's leave them in peace.

No, let THEM leave US in peace. I'm so sick of this phony "kidknapping" story I could throw a brick through the television every time I see any member of this extremely wierd family doing their little tapdance for the media.

This was a simple runaway-kid story from the beginning, and the family all KNREW it- why do you think they had such touching "Faith" that their little harp-playing angel was still alive?

Sorry- grumpy this morning.

23 posted on 04/07/2003 8:20:22 AM PDT by RANGERAIRBORNE
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To: ladtx
Geez, leave them alone...THEY HAVE NO CHOICE. Either they make it with their spin, or they leave it to the imagination of others. I would do the very same thing in their case and I will be you a million dollars they donate every single cent to a missing children's organization. These are good, religious people, why do you guys always have to think the worst of everyone?
24 posted on 04/07/2003 8:20:57 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Preachers Kid
There is something really really wrong about this family.

Understatement of the year. These people are beyond reprensible. They tried to prevent the sexual abuse charge from being filed against the Bonnie and Clyde of Utah to protect the privacy of their daughter, but will sell every detail of the ordeal for thirty pieces of silver. They are beyond sick.

25 posted on 04/07/2003 8:22:11 AM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (St. Michael, The Archangel, defend us in battle....")
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To: RANGERAIRBORNE
People like you make me embarrassed to be part of this forum. Only seeing the worst and rather believe that a little girl would willingly run away with two middle-aged freaks than stay with the family that loves her. I'm not going to get sucked into this again with some of you, because I just feel sorry for you and the experiences in your life that would make you believe that the little girl is the bad guy.
26 posted on 04/07/2003 8:23:01 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Use It Or Lose It
Hey Moron...did you ever think that maybe they want control over the movie so there WON'T be an exploitation over the sexual aspects? People on this forum state that they are good, religious people, but have a hard time believing that there could actually be people like that out there.
27 posted on 04/07/2003 8:24:34 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: Hildy
I don't blame the Smarts so much as the money-grubbing networks, book-publishers, movie-producers etc. They will try to make money off them and could care less about what it may do to their family.
28 posted on 04/07/2003 8:25:09 AM PDT by ladtx ("...the very obsession of your public service must be Duty, Honor, Country." D. MacArthur)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
People will do anything to get on TV.
29 posted on 04/07/2003 8:26:01 AM PDT by HumanaeVitae (Tolerance is a necessary evil.)
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To: Hildy
This is probably true. People want to know the story, so the parents have to find a way to control things. The media will tell the stroy one way or another, so they may as well do it themselves.
30 posted on 04/07/2003 8:26:39 AM PDT by mom4kittys
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Ka-Ching!

or ... "How to Turn your Family Tragedy into Cold, Hard Cash" ...
31 posted on 04/07/2003 8:30:19 AM PDT by Bush2000
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Did you read the report, a little over a week ago, that said that Elizabeth had met with Mitchell five or six times before the kidnapping? She had been visiting them at the shelter where they lived and was taking food and things to them. Sometimes she went with friends and a few times alone. She talked religion and Mitchell told her that she had been chosen to be his wife. She didn't take him seriously on that because she was so young.

I had predicted this would be the case and some of the Mormons on this board became very annoyed with me.
32 posted on 04/07/2003 8:30:26 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Bush2000
bingo. What a bunch of scumbags
33 posted on 04/07/2003 8:32:01 AM PDT by KantianBurke (The Federal govt should be protecting us from terrorists, not handing out goodies)
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To: mewzilla
Or they can ignore the whole thing and concentrate on taking care of their daughter. Who cares what other people think? And why make money off of what happened to their daughter? She's a human being, their child, not a commodity.

How most people think of and treat Elizabeth for the rest of her life will depend on the impression they get from the made for TV movies. That is a sad comentary on people but true.

They would be negligent not to try to make the impression favorable. This is one of the unfortunate but unavoidable parts of living in a media world.

So9

34 posted on 04/07/2003 8:32:08 AM PDT by Servant of the Nine (We are the Hegemon. We can do anything we damned well please.)
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To: Eva
Correct, the tabloids (the only ones still following this story) said that Elizabeth met with the Mitchells alone at least 4 times before the abduction.
35 posted on 04/07/2003 8:33:37 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Use It Or Lose It; Utah Girl
What happened to the modesty of not wanting the sexual assualt charges filed, and now the Smart parents will put the dirty laundry out in public for a book deal and movie rights?
36 posted on 04/07/2003 8:35:10 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Eva

37 posted on 04/07/2003 8:38:38 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
It is exactly the scenario that I predicted. It is the only explanation for why she didn't scream for her father. She didn't think that he would hurt her. She thought that she could talk him out of whatever he was going to do. It is also the only explanation for how the little sister remembered the name of some homeless guy who worked for a few hours on the roof of their house six months after the incident. What is not explained by the meetings is why the parents didn't suspect him in the first place.
38 posted on 04/07/2003 8:40:08 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Eva
How would a 14 yr.old have the opportunity to "meet" with these people?
39 posted on 04/07/2003 8:41:19 AM PDT by bonfire
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To: Hildy
Didn't you know? According to many of these "real men" on this site, attractive 14 year old girls are eager to run off with middle aged losers.

At least, thats what all those "14 year olds" in the chatrooms tell 'em.

40 posted on 04/07/2003 8:43:32 AM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine (going into an election campaign without the paleocons is like going to war without the French)
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To: SolutionsOnly
IMO the father ain't too happy about being pushed off the front page. If they want to be left in peace, they should be suing the people who would exploit the tragedy. Judging by their house, they ain't exactly homeless.
41 posted on 04/07/2003 8:43:34 AM PDT by sharkhawk
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To: ewing
From The Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY -- Elizabeth Smart's younger sister Mary Katherine is among those nominated for the $295,000 in rewards offered in the kidnapping case, a family spokesman said. Mary Katherine told her father in October that the homeless handyman they knew only as Emmanuel might have been the one who abducted her sister from their bedroom in June.... Smart family spokesman Chris Thomas said Wednesday that one or more "outside parties" nominated Mary Katherine for the rewards. If she receives any of the money, it will be donated to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Thomas said. "The family hasn't solicited the rewards (on Mary Katherine's behalf); they're officially neutral," Thomas said. Salt Lake City officials are to determine who will receive any reward money. link to story

42 posted on 04/07/2003 8:45:47 AM PDT by mountaineer
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To: bonfire
She thought she was doing charitable work and went into the city, sometimes an older friend drove her, sometimes she took the bus. One time she took a carton of apples and oranges. She felt sorry for Mitchell and liked Wanda. She talked religion with them.
43 posted on 04/07/2003 8:46:51 AM PDT by Eva
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
LOL. Bingo. I think you nailed it.
44 posted on 04/07/2003 8:46:53 AM PDT by Hildy
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To: areafiftyone
I don't know just what it is, but something about this whole story really stinks to the high heavens.
45 posted on 04/07/2003 8:48:39 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: bonfire
The point is that she did not do this without the knowledge of her parents. I don't think that she paid for the carton of fruit by herself.
46 posted on 04/07/2003 8:48:41 AM PDT by Eva
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To: ladtx
"Money grubbing"? Did you read what it actually SAID?

They are getting scores of OFFERS, unsolicited. They're trying to figure out what to do, so they hire a fellow "Mormon" to help them sort it all out.

If anyone is "money grubbing" it is Hollywood. So what else is new?

It is NOT money-grubbing to receive the offers, and to be deliberate in pondering what to do about them.

Why not, just once, give this decent family the benefit of the doubt?
47 posted on 04/07/2003 8:49:36 AM PDT by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: bonfire
He never said that, never. This is just one more lie about this family that has been bandied about. It's wrong.
48 posted on 04/07/2003 8:50:19 AM PDT by Illbay (Don't believe every tagline you read - including this one)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
I see the show begins.
49 posted on 04/07/2003 8:50:24 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: Eva
And what parents would let their kid go to a homeless shelter without an ADULT? ESPECIALLY a Homeless shelter??

I hope this story isn't true.
50 posted on 04/07/2003 8:50:58 AM PDT by bonfire
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