Norway Breivik Trial or Pulpit

FILE This Tuesday Dec. 11, 2001 file photo shows Slobodan Milosevic, center, as he enters the courtroom to appear before the court of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s shocking testimony to a Norwegian court has revived a debate about how much of a public platform mass-murderers should be given in trials. Such atrocities are often waged for attention and carried out in the name of political or religious goals, and a trial gives perpetrators more of what they crave: a huge audience. When Serbian autocrat Slobodan Milosevic went on trial in The Hague on war crimes charges, he tried to use the court as a pulpit to defend policies that led to the Balkan wars of the 1990s and to rouse nationalists back home. The court closed his sessions several times when his rhetoric reached fever pitch. (AP Photo/Paul Vreeker, Pool, File)