In breaking news John Banks has not applied for a discharge without conviction and a conviction has been entered. This is a realistic choice by him. A discharge was never going to be given in a case like this.
But he could have faced reality back on June 5. If a conviction had been entered then his Parliamentary career would have been over quicker.
The morality of this will need to be questioned. The law is there so that Members of Parliament who commit serious offences lose the privilege. By managing to delay the inevitable Banks has been able to continue to prop up John Key’s Government for a short period but you have to wonder at what cost.
I thought back in June that he may seek a discharge without conviction. I also thought that his chances were exceedingly small. He should have pleaded guilty if he wanted to have a chance.
I will update with the sentence once it has been announced.
Updated: 100 hours community work, and community detention has been ordered. Although some will think this is lenient I think it is fair in all the circumstances given his age and the ending of his career.