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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:23 AM

 

"Legal experts say they expect Pistorius to be granted bail" (USA Today)

From today's USA Today:

"Legal experts say they expect Pistorius to be granted bail and that it could be months before the case goes to trial. In a murder trial in South Africa, a judge decides the case.

Prosecutors argued Pistorius' version of the shooting is improbable and that he did not have to be planning the killing days in advance for it to be premeditated, the Associated Press reported.

Defense lawyer Barry Roux introduced culpable homocide as a possible charge for Pistorius."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2013/02/22/oscar-pistorius-bail-hearing-murder-charge/1938133/

more detailed expert opinion in this other piece:

"In my view, he has established that he should be released," said Cape Town attorney William Booth, the chairman of the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of South Africa. To be granted bail, Pistorius' lawyers must prove that an "exceptional circumstance" exists and that Pistorius is not a flight risk.

Booth said he doesn't believe Pistorius would be considered a flight risk and also cited concerns with the strength of the prosecution's case. "They could set bail at a very high amount under very strict conditions," he said.

Rodney Uphoff, professor of law at the University of Missouri who runs the school's study abroad program in Cape Town, also expects Pistorius to be granted bail. The judge could take away Pistorius' passport and restrict him to living at home, Uphoff said." http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2013/02/21/oscar-pistorius-will-he-be-granted-bail/1936741/

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Reply "Legal experts say they expect Pistorius to be granted bail" (USA Today) (Original post)
Mason Kennedy Feb 2013 OP
malaise Feb 2013 #1
monmouth3 Feb 2013 #2
Mason Kennedy Feb 2013 #4
malaise Feb 2013 #5
cali Feb 2013 #6
malaise Feb 2013 #7
bigdarryl Feb 2013 #3

Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:28 AM

1. He's white and he's middle class

in South Africa where abuse of women is endemic - of course he'll get bail

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:30 AM

2. How sad...

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:40 AM

4. Let's see. The legal experts are women haters and the judge is a woman hater?

 

I saw nothing in the legal analysis saying they thought the "endemic" woman abuse will be the cause of their expected bail.
Do you know the judge to have a history of anti-woman rulings? Why do you expect him to grant bail on these grounds?

Sometimes the analysis here is a bit...weird.

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Response to Mason Kennedy (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:44 AM

5. Then you know nothing about the white male in South Africa

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:49 AM

6. he's white, but he's not exactly middle class

he's made millions from endorsements.

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Response to cali (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:51 AM

7. His roots are middle class

and unless you're suggesting that any athlete with millions is suddenly 'ruling class', I don't get the point.

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Response to Mason Kennedy (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:31 AM

3. If this was a black man they would not let him out especially if the victim was the same person

I've heard lawyers on some shows already speculating he probably will get off.

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