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« Reply #140 on: July 03, 2014, 11:08:08 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-trial/
Did Oscar Pistorius have time to think?
July 3, 2014

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« Reply #141 on: July 06, 2014, 06:28:15 PM »

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/06/oscar-pistorius-reenactment-shooting-video
Oscar Pistorius re-enactment of shooting aired on Australian TV
Defendant's family condemn 'breach of trust' after leak of video showing athlete taking part in reconstruction of events

July 6, 2014

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« Reply #142 on: July 08, 2014, 08:36:48 AM »

http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-pistorius-defense-rests-20140708-story.html
Oscar Pistorius defense team rests case in athlete's murder trial
July 8, 2014

The defense team for Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius closed its case Tuesday in the murder trial of his girlfriend model Reeva Steenkamp, sending the trial into a new phase and ending months of emotionally wrenching cross-examination.

The court was adjourned to allow both sides to prepare written legal arguments based on the thousands of pages of testimony in the trial that has enthralled South Africans, who've witnessed Pistorius, once a national hero, at times weeping and retching over gruesome details of Steenkamp's shooting death.


Pistorius' advocate Barry Roux told Pretoria's High Court Tuesday that the televised broadcast of the trial had caused witnesses favorable to Pistorius' case to decline to testify on the athlete's behalf.

The defense advocate acknowledged that he could have asked Judge Thokozile Masipa to subpoena the witnesses, but told the court that he chose not to.

The case was broadcast live, but witnesses who did not want their faces shown were not shown on television. Even so, the aggressive cross examination style of prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, who shredded some star defense witnesses, was on display for South Africans who got an intimate picture of the workings of their legal system.

During his cross examination of Pistorius, Nel accused the athlete of using emotional outbursts during questioning to cover up moments when he felt under pressure.

Roux also put state witnesses under intense scrutiny, including Pistorius’ neighbors who claimed they heard a woman screaming the night of the killing.

The prosecution now has until July 30 to submit its written legal arguments. The defense must submit its arguments by Aug. 4. The court will resume on Aug. 7 for both sides to present closing oral arguments to the court.

Judge Masipa granted the prosecution’s request to ban publication of leaked details of the arguments before the trial reconvenes in court.
 
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« Reply #143 on: July 08, 2014, 08:43:09 AM »

http://af.reuters.com/article/southAfricaNews/idAFL6N0PJ1RI20140708
UPDATE 1-Defence team closes case in Pistorius murder trial
July 8, 2014

* Pistorius trial adjourned until August 7

* Judge to begin deliberation after closing arguments

* Trial has already dragged out over four months (Writes through, adds context and details)

By Siyabonga Sishi

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« Reply #144 on: July 08, 2014, 08:45:39 AM »

An interesting comparison list of innocent vs guilty.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/oscar-pistorius/10943659/Oscar-Pistorius-10-reasons-why-he-is-guilty-or-innocent.html
Oscar Pistorius: 10 reasons why he is guilty – or innocent
Oscar Pistorius is on trial for the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The state say he killed her deliberately after an argument; the athlete says he believed she was an intruder. The following are 10 reasons why the judge might find him guilty, or innocent
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« Reply #145 on: July 14, 2014, 08:41:55 PM »

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/pistorius-trial/oscar-pistorius-involved-bar-argument-n155666
Oscar Pistorius Involved in Bar 'Argument'
July 14 2014

Olympian murder suspect Oscar Pistorius got into an altercation with a fellow patron at a South African club but not a fight, his representatives said Monday after reports of a bar brawl Saturday circulated on social media.

Pistorius, the double-amputee "Blade Runner" sprinter who is free on bail on murder charges in the death of his girlfriend, was in a booth with one of his cousins at VIP Rooms, a club in the ritzy Sandton neighborhood of Johannesburg, when a man identified as "Mr. Mortimer" walked up and "started to aggressively interrogate him on matters relating to the trial," a spokesman for Pistorius said. "An argument ensued during which my client asked to be left alone. Oscar soon thereafter left the club with his cousin," the spokesman said.
 
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« Reply #146 on: July 15, 2014, 09:03:26 AM »

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/oscar-pistorius-returns-to-twitter-with-four-bizarre-messages-you-have-the-ability-to-make-a-difference-in-someones-life-9604211.html
Oscar Pistorius returns to Twitter: 'You have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life'


Oscar Pistorius has broken his social media silence with four bizarre tweets - the first since the anniversary of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp’s death.

The former Paralympic athlete sent out the strange messages to his 354,000 followers on Sunday night (13 July) and Monday morning (14 July), including a collage of pictures of him posing with amputee children and another asking God to “bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing”.

At 17.00 on Sunday, Pistorius began his social media session with a passage from The Bible that read in capitals “THE LORD IS CLOSE TO THE BROKENHEARTED”.

He later removed the post.

This was then quickly followed by a post that included an assortment of images picturing Pistorius with a young amputees around the message: “You have the ability to make a difference in someone’s life.”

pic.twitter.com/9e2fykp2E8

— Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) July 13, 2014
Pistorius’ final tweet on Sunday, included a picture of him pointing to a passage from the Austrian psychiatrist best-selling book Man’s Search for Meaning, written by Victor Frankl when he was a prisoner at the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.

In the passage, Frankl talks about a man with “nothing left in this world” only being able to “achieve fulfilment[sic]” by “loving contemplation of the image he carries of his beloved.”

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— Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) July 13, 2014
However, Pistorius was back on Twitter on Monday morning with another pious post.

At 07.59, he tweeted: “Lord, today I ask that you bathe those who live in pain in the river of your healing. Amen.”



— Oscar Pistorius (@OscarPistorius) July 14, 2014
The tweets are the first public posts from Pistorius since 14 February, when he posted a link to an open letter on his website outlining the “pain” and “sadness” he felt at Steenkamp’s death.
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« Reply #147 on: August 07, 2014, 09:51:48 AM »

http://www.voanews.com/content/oscar-pistorius-murder-trial-resumes/1973385.html
Prosecutor Calls Pistorius 'Deceitful Witness'
August 7, 2014

Final arguments have begun in the murder trial of former South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius, following months of gripping testimony that captured the world's attention.

Pistorius, once a national icon for reaching the pinnacle of sport despite having no lower legs, is accused of murdering his law graduate and model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day last year. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Pistorius, 27, has denied the charge in the months-long trial in which he has at times sat weeping and vomiting in the dock as grisly details of Steenkamp's death were presented to the judge.

In his closing argument in the Pretoria courthouse, South African state prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked the judge on Thursday to reject Pistorius' defense as “devoid of any truth."
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« Reply #148 on: August 07, 2014, 09:53:25 AM »

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/oscar-pistorius-trial-recap-updates-4014604
Oscar Pistorius trial: Recap updates after prosecution says shooting that killed Reeva was 'pre-planned'
August 7, 2014

Oscar Pistorius' trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp has resumed today, with the prosecution and defence setting out their closing arguments over the next two days.

This morning prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the judge that Pistorius presented two different defences to the court - the first, that he was not in control of himself when he shot Reeva; and the second, that if the court finds he was in control, he acted in self defence.

But Nel said these two defences cannot be reconciled.

The lawyer has also branded the Blade Runner a "deceitful", "appalling", "vague" and "argumentative" witness whose evidence was "devoid of any truth", and suggested Reeva had been "unhappy" is their relationship.

Defence barrister Barry Roux is now giving his speech.

Follow live updates from the court room in Pretoria below.
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« Reply #149 on: August 08, 2014, 01:50:39 PM »

http://www.voanews.com/content/defense-pistorius-shot-using-primal-instincts/2406928.html
Pistorius Verdict Set for September 11
August 8, 2014

PRETORIA—
The judge in the murder trial of South African runner Oscar Pistorius says she will give her verdict on September 11.  The date was set after Pistorius's lawyer Barry Roux finished making his closing arguments Friday. 
 
In 41 days of testimony - some of it intensely emotional, some of it intricately technical - both sides in Oscar Pistorius’ murder trial attempted to answer one simple question: Did he mean to kill his girlfriend when he shot four times through a locked bathroom door at his home?
 
Now, one person will have to make a decision: Judge Thokozile Masipa.  Maspia said Friday she will announce her ruling in just under five weeks' time, on September 11.
 
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« Reply #150 on: September 10, 2014, 10:51:33 AM »

http://www.independent.ie/world-news/africa/day-of-reckoning-for-oscar-pistorius-timeline-of-trial-as-verdict-due-tomorrow-30577382.html
Day of reckoning for Oscar Pistorius: Timeline of trial as verdict due tomorrow
September 9, 2014

More than six months have now elapsed since decorated athlete Oscar Pistorius denied murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at a court in Pretoria, South Africa.

After several interruptions and adjournments, Judge Thokozile Masipa is preparing to deliver her verdict. Here is a timeline of events inside the court room:

March 3 - Oscar Pistorius pleads not guilty in court to murder and three gun charges. Later, neighbour Michelle Burger, the first witness called by the prosecution, tells the court she heard ''blood-curdling'' screams before the sound of four gunshots on the night the Olympian killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

 March 5 - Prosecutor Gerrie Nel says neighbour Charl Johnson received texts and calls after his telephone number was read out in court the previous day. He described one voicemail message as saying: ''Why are you lying in court? You know Oscar didn't kill Reeva. It's not cool.''

 March 10 - Pistorius vomits repeatedly in the dock as he hears graphic details of the injuries sustained by the girlfriend he fatally shot.

 March 11 - A witness describes how a "furious" Pistorius fired a gun out of a car sunroof after being pulled over by police for speeding.

 

June 30 - After a month-long break, the murder trial resumes when mental health experts state Pistorius was not suffering from a mental illness when he killed girlfriend Ms Steenkamp.

 July 2 - Mr Roux reads a psychologist's report which concludes Pistorius is severely traumatised and will become an increasing suicide risk unless he continues to get mental health care.

 July 7 - Mr Nel challenges the credibility of a doctor who testifies that the athlete has an anxious nature linked to his disability.

 July 8 - The defence team closes its case and the trial is adjourned.

 August 7 - After a lengthy adjournment, closing arguments begin.

August 8 - Judge Masipa announces she will deliver her verdict on September 11.

(see article at above link for full timeline)

 
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« Reply #151 on: September 10, 2014, 10:55:55 AM »

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-09/verdict-in-oscar-pistorius-s-murder-trial-will-hinge-on-intent.html
Verdict in Oscar Pistorius’s Murder Trial to Hinge on Intent
September 10, 2014
By Paul Burkhardt

The judge in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial will announce this week whether she believes the Paralympian deliberately shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp or a person he thought to be an intruder, or fired as a reflex.

Judge Thokozile Masipa, 66, begins reading her verdict tomorrow at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa’s capital, after a 41-day trial that started March 3. While the prosecution maintains that Pistorius planned to kill Steenkamp after an argument, the defense says he mistook her for an intruder, and her death was a “huge, unfortunate mistake.”

There are three guilty verdicts that she can hand down for the main charge, Ulrich Roux, a director at Johannesburg-based BDK Attorneys, said by phone yesterday. “One is premeditated murder. The next one is that he’s convicted of murder, which is straight murder. The third one is that he’s convicted of culpable homicide, which is the negligent unlawful killing of a person.”
 
If found guilty of planning to kill Steenkamp, Pistorius would face a minimum of 25 years in jail, while a verdict of murder without premeditation may carry a sentence of at least 15 years. A culpable homicide decision could mean as many as 15 years in prison.

Should Masipa agree with the defense’s contention that the shooting was a reflex and the Paralympian lacked cognitive capacity, he could face a lesser sentence or even acquittal.
 
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« Reply #152 on: September 10, 2014, 10:10:55 PM »

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/nbc-news-pays-for-access-to-oscar-pistorius-murder-scene_b238563
NBC News Pays for Access to Oscar Pistorius Murder Scene
September 10, 2014

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« Reply #153 on: September 11, 2014, 08:46:47 AM »

Not guilty.  Reminds me of the O.J. verdict.
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« Reply #154 on: September 11, 2014, 08:55:15 AM »

http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/11/world/africa/oscar-pistorius-verdict/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

Judge: Pistorius was negligent, but Steenkamp killing was not 'murder'
By Richard Greene, Josh Levs, and Faith Karimi, CNN
updated 8:33 AM EDT, Thu September 11, 2014

Pretoria, South Africa (CNN) -- [Breaking news update 8:31 a.m. ET]

Oscar Pistorius' actions were "negligent" on the night he killed Reeva Steenkamp, the judge in his trial said Thursday. She then adjourned the trial until Friday.

The judge's finding suggests that she will find him guilty of "culpable homicide."
 
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« Reply #155 on: September 11, 2014, 09:31:16 AM »

Not guilty.  Reminds me of the O.J. verdict.

It's really sad.  Another professional athlete/celebrity male gets away with murdering their wife/partner.   
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« Reply #156 on: September 11, 2014, 10:26:42 AM »

http://af.reuters.com/article/southAfricaNews/idAFL5N0RC0ZQ20140911
UPDATE 7-Pistorius cleared of murder, culpable homicide verdict to come
September 11, 2014

* Judge Masipa rejects charges of murder

* Verdict on culpable homicide still to come

* Pistorius weeps in court as judge delivers verdict

* Trial presented South Africa with awkward realities

* Runner also faces three gun-related charges (Updates with judge comments on negligence, adjournment)

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« Reply #157 on: September 11, 2014, 05:32:57 PM »

Not guilty.  Reminds me of the O.J. verdict.

It's really sad.  Another professional athlete/celebrity male gets away with murdering their wife/partner.   

Sounds like he may at least get manslaughter.  I'm hoping for that.  I cannot believe the judge believed that Oscar didn't know she was in the bathroom.  Geez
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« Reply #158 on: September 12, 2014, 12:30:22 AM »

Not guilty.  Reminds me of the O.J. verdict.

It's really sad.  Another professional athlete/celebrity male gets away with murdering their wife/partner.   

Sounds like he may at least get manslaughter.  I'm hoping for that.  I cannot believe the judge believed that Oscar didn't know she was in the bathroom.  Geez

I watched/listened to the judge reading her verdict late last night (early morning) for a few hours. She will continue Friday morning and I am betting she will hold him guilty of Culpable homicide, which is in essence, manslaughter. She explained why she is tending not to find him guilty of Premeditated Murder or Murder (which means he knew she was behind the door and meant to kill her.)

I think the judge may believe he knew she was in the bathroom, but I think the judge does not believe the evidence proves he knew she was there. I believe she has to rule on what the evidence proves, not on her personal beliefs.

I really believe she will find him guilty of Culpable homicide.

Next will be his sentencing trial. And after the sentencing, he can begin the appeals process.

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« Reply #159 on: September 12, 2014, 04:22:58 AM »

Well, he was found guilty of Culpable homicide and guilty on one of the gun charges. (Discharging a weapon in a public space.)

Max for Culpable homicide is 15 years.

Max for the gun charge is 5 years.

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