Tag: oscar pistorius

‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–Prosecution lawyers in the case of South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius are said to be seeking a 15 year jail sentence for the famed athlete who was acquitted of murder but convicted of culpable homicide or negligent killing in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Motor accident cases involving negligence and multiple deaths have […]

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Report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

Report finds gender-based violence ‘too costly to ignore’

| September 25, 2014

(GIN)–On the heels of the Ray Rice scandal in the U.S., a new report by the accounting firm KPMG says that violence against women in South Africa costs the country between $2 and $4 billion yearly. The lost funds could pay wage subsidies for all unemployed youths, build half a million houses, or give healthcare […]

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Disappointment runs deep as ‘Blade Runner’ walks free

Disappointment runs deep as ‘Blade Runner’ walks free

| September 16, 2014

(GIN)–The upset decision by Judge Thokozile Masipa that found Olympian Oscar Pistorius not guilty for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp stunned South Africans who had been glued to the trial since the gavel first pounded the court to order last March. Saying that Pistorius’s defense could “reasonably possibly be true,” Judge Masipa lifted […]

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Blogger suggests Pistorius took ‘acting lessons’ to prepare for trial

Blogger suggests Pistorius took ‘acting lessons’ to prepare for trial

| April 22, 2014

The U.S. has had its share of “celebrity” trials that have caused a ripple effect on how justice is meted out as well as given the public the perception that the rich and famous are not subject to the laws as the rest of us.  We don’t think it’s much of a stretch to think […]

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Pistoius update: Forensic tests challenged

Pistoius update: Forensic tests challenged

| April 18, 2014

The South African justice system seems to be a bit different than the U.S.’s. Here, a celebrity nearly always has the resources for a slam dunk in a court case. In the Pistorius case, it seems the state musters the resources to challenge vigorously the private experts of more privileged citizens. Of course, our view […]

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Prosecutor attempts to punch holes in Pistorius story

Prosecutor attempts to punch holes in Pistorius story

| April 11, 2014

We aren’t taking sides in an ongoing trial but, frankly, that was the question that has long been on our mind. Wouldn’t most people concerned about an intruder first try to establish where their loved ones were in the house—especially a person who should have been sleeping right next to you? In fairness, in any […]

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Gruesome details of ‘exploded head’ emerge in Pistorius trial

Gruesome details of ‘exploded head’ emerge in Pistorius trial

| April 9, 2014

Various sources report that South African laws governing “self defense” are very different from those in the U.S. and that, given that, our perspective on the details of the incident being revealed in the press don’t fully give a picture of why “Blade Runner” is being pursued so vigorously in this trial. It would be […]

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‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

‘Blade Runner’ tells court of nightmares on trial day 17

| April 8, 2014

(GIN)—Former Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius told the South African courtroom he suffered from “terrible nightmares” leaving him unable to sleep since the day his gun went off, shooting his girlfriend as she hid from him in the couple’s bathroom. “I can smell blood. I wake up to being terrified,” testified Pistorius on April 7, his […]

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‘Blade runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

‘Blade runner’s’ murder trial sparks media frenzy

| March 5, 2014

The trial of former “blade runner” and Olympic champion Oscar Pistorius, opened this week in South Africa before journalists from over 100 countries.

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BBC News – Pistorius trial: Second neighbour heard fight

BBC News – Pistorius trial: Second neighbour heard fight

| March 4, 2014

Pistorius neighbour ‘heard fight’ LEstelle Van Der Merwe, neighbour: “I heard sounds, it seemed like somebody was involved in a fight” Continue reading the main story Pistorius trial Day Two as it happened The battle ahead Key players Explore crime scene A second witness at the murder trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has […]

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