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Oscar Pistorius to be Granted Bail Awaiting Trial on Murder Charges

A judge has granted Olympic springer Oscar Pistorius bail as he awaits trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend, the NYT reports:

Oscar_pistoriusThe decision was made known after Magistrate Desmond Nair heard impassioned final arguments between defense and prosecution in Courtroom C of the Pretoria Magistrates Court in the presence of an emotional Mr. Pistorius who has testified that he mistook his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, for an intruder and never intended to kill her.

Mr. Nair said Mr. Pistorius did not represent a “flight risk,” and was not likely to interfere with state witnesses.

“The accused has made a case to be released on bail," the magistrate concluded. Pistorius family members in the packed courtroom shouted: "Yes!"

The terms of the bail were not immediately disclosed.

A BBC report on this morning's hearings, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. It's just like OJ Simpson, but in South Africa. Their system of justice down there is amazingly convoluted.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 22, 2013 10:06:46 AM

  2. Days ago they acted as though there was sufficient evidence to suspect that he would try to commit suicide. I believe it was rather because he assumed he was screwed, caught red-handed -- not from any sense of guilt.

    Sounds like he and his defense lawyers have concocted a story good enough to get him out on bail, so stands to reason it might be good enough to get him off altogether. I don't think they'll have to worry about suicide anymore.

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 22, 2013 10:36:50 AM

  3. @Jack M

    That's probably not a bad analogy.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Feb 22, 2013 12:18:34 PM

  4. He is so going to walk free. It's just a matter of time and money.

    Posted by: niles | Feb 22, 2013 2:25:49 PM

  5. Well, I wasn't at the hearings, and neither were any of you.

    This is a great media story though. Given that, I'll reserve judgement. I wonder how many people who've made up their minds already will admit they were wrong, should it be proven in a court of law that what he claims is true ?

    Particularly if the evidence the prosecution claims it has turns out to be fraudulent or contrived.

    Posted by: TheGay | Feb 22, 2013 6:40:55 PM

  6. @ TheGay
    You are hardly a source qualified to speak on being objective. Your entire posting history on this site suggests bigotry, ignorance and homophobia. Sit down.

    Posted by: Martin | Feb 23, 2013 10:39:50 AM

  7. @Martin,

    "Your entire posting history on this site suggests bigotry, ignorance and homophobia."

    And what makes you a reliable source yourself for that kind of summing up? Why don't you take your personal vendetta to somewhere else?

    The prosecution claimed testosterone and needles in P:s bedroom and subsequently lost the evidences or something. And the testosterone turned out to be herbal supplements, according to the defense. And that head of the prosecution, I mean, the investigation team, himself is now facing a manslaughter charge from the past and had to be replaced.

    Posted by: iban4yesu | Feb 24, 2013 3:14:52 AM

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