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Originally posted by MaskedAvatar
This is old news.
Martin Bryant, whatever his level of diminished responsibility, was guilty as charged.
Bryant was judged as fit to stand trial, and his trial was scheduled to begin 7 November 1996. Bryant initially pleaded not guilty, but was persuaded by his court-appointed lawyer and the prosecution to plead guilty to all charges.
Two weeks later, Hobart Supreme Court Judge William Cox gave Bryant 35 life sentences for the murders plus 1035 years for other crimes, and ordered that he should remain in prison for the "rest of his life."
Why would his defence lawyer persuade him to plead guilty, given the sentence he received? Was it reduced in any way?
He had nothing to lose whatsoever pleading not guilty. Any decent defence lawyer would have known this.