By Cherri Bonney
John Avery’s Confession? Imagine the irony: the phony lawyer who forced Martin Bryant into making a false, vague, and drug-induced confession, after six months of solitary confinement — finally comes out in an interview last week and himself confesses that Martin Bryant is innocent. Can one imagine! No!
Avery is still spooked, haunted by his professional and personal relationship with Martin Bryant. Check out the short clip from his interview on the Sunday night show. Is it just me, or is he basically saying that he feels terribly guilty for personally betraying Martin Bryant, throwing him under the bus as a friend, and for denying him a fair trial as a lawyer. Here is Avery in his own words — my pretty straightforward interpretation follows each quote. It’s not conclusive but it’s his words are uncanny and highly suggestive:
“Why can’t I get him out of my mind? (and) Why do I continue to feel guilty that I can’t feel that I hate him?”
Avery is inwardly conflicted. He can’t hate Martin Bryant because he knows well that Martin Bryant is innocent of the crimes he was charged with. But he doesn’t feel guilty about not hating him because he consciously acted as someone who believed he was a mass murderer.
“Why do I feel sorry for him?”
Is there any chance that it’s because Avery denied a fair trial to an innocent intellectually impaired young man who he purposely befriended in order to get a forced confession for the greatest crime in this nation’s history…?
“Why did I step away from the question of whether I was his friend, and say I was his lawyer, when indeed I know I had become his friend and the lawyer part had been little?”
Avery failed him as a lawyer and betrayed him as a friend. The most natural human response here is to feel guilty, to feel sorry for the one you betrayed, and to probably be consumed with self-hatred (which Avery also admits to later in the same interview).
“I am crying and I don’t know why.”
You don’t want to know why you carry this sadness in your heart — because it’s too traumatic to handle, but the emotional pain and guilt is palpable…
“How could someone rob me of myself?”
Avery can’t admit that he has lied to himself. But by violating his own integrity by sending an innocent man to prison for life, Avery sold his soul to the devil. He robbed himself of his very own soul.
That’s how Avery felt, twenty years ago – and it’s still how he feels today. He is still tormented by his own role in the cover-up of this crime. Just listen to his own words and think of Leonard Cohen’s song: “There’s a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in.”
But also, let’s not underestimate how much intense pressure Avery was most probably under from the higher ups.
They simply couldn’t even contemplate letting this case go to trial. He may have not had any other choice?
Either way Martin is prisoned for life, BUT time will tell — this case is being worked on every day.
Note: The petition that I have been operating at Chang.org has now got 2,077 signatures. This is marvelous! Please go here and sign up if you haven’t already. We are asking the premier of Tassie, Will Hodgman, to hold an inquest for Martin’s sake “and all our sakes.” Thank you.
— Cherri Bonney lives in Perth and belongs to the family that owns Australia’s largest waterski business. She is a pilot and a singer. Her recently–composed song about Martin Bryant “Wish I Knew How To Be Free” is gaining popularity. You can hear it here.