Mr. Tarrant has hoped to gain notoriety through his crimes, which he live-streamed on Facebook, bringing the violence directly to large numbers of people.
He recently fired his lawyers and decided to represent himself, making the sentencing a potential venue for the promotion of his abhorrent views, which have inspired other attacks.
Media outlets from all over the world plan to cover the sentencing, and without counsel, he may have more opportunity to speak and try to confront the families of his victims.
At least 66 people plan to deliver victim’s statements, either read aloud or submitted into writing.
“The unfortunate bottom line is the no one really knows how it’s going to go,” said Alexander Gillespie, a law professor at the University of Waikato. “This is the his last public performance, so for someone who has committed such an act, you can guarantee he will try to do something — and you just have to reduce that risk.”
What is the the court doing to keep Tarrant from exploiting the situation?
The judge into charge of the case, Justice Cameron Mander, has put into place a series of restrictions on media coverage that aim to keep provocative moments that might incite hatred from being shared immediately, if at all.
into a memo sent to journalists last week, Justice Mander warned that he had the right to set limits on what they reported.