Larry Tipton, Bishop's lawyer in the Massachusetts case, said it will be up to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey to decide whether to put Bishop on trial for murder in her brother's killing, now that she has pleaded guilty in Alabama. David Traub, a spokesman for Morrissey, said prosecutors will wait until after sentencing to decide what to do in the Massachusetts case.
U.S. Rep. William Keating is the former Norfolk County prosecutor who started the inquest and obtained the indictment against Amy Bishop.
He said of the plea deal, that "you can't ask for a better outcome than that" and that the families would be spared the appeals process.
"Anytime there's an appeal, they're endless," he said. "I've worked with victims' families, and I know the trauma they go through every time there's an appeal. Nothing is going to make those families the same."
Moriarity said she was OK with the death penalty being off the table and was relieved that victims wouldn't have to sit through a trial to see whether jurors convict Bishop.
"I'm glad it's a recognition of the crimes she committed and not trying to get out of something through claiming a mental defect," she said.
Personally, Moriarity said she was relieved that the case is nearly over.
"I had a horrible dream about the trial last night," said Moriarity. Bishop pointed the gun at her and pulled the trigger but it failed to fire.
Moriarity said Leahy, who was shot in the head, returned to teaching a full load of classes and conducting research this fall at the school. The only lingering effects he suffers are reduced eyesight, she said.
"Mentally he is on top of things," she said. "It's an absolute miracle. He's a miracle."