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Oscar Pistorius: Judge Masipa Says 'Blade Runner' Can't Be Convicted of Murder

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    There has finally been a ruling in the long and drawn out murder trial of Oscar Pistorius. For those who haven't been following this story, Pistorius is the South African double-amputee super athlete (the Olympian sprint runner with metal legs dubbed 'Blade Runner', or the fastest man with no legs) that was charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home back in February of 2013, after Pistorius fired several shots through a bathroom door, allegedly thinking no one was in there, during a fight between in the two.

    And now we have a ruling on whether he was charged with murder or not. So, while the judge's verdict is not completely in just yet, she (Judge Thokozile Masipa) has decided that there is not enough evidence to charge Pistorius with murder, or even a lesser degree of murder. However, given the judge's reading to Pistorius, it certainly sounds like a 'culpable homicide' charge is highly likely instead.

    Here's part of what Judge Masipa had to say:

    "Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door, let alone the deceased as he thought she was in the bedroom,'' Masipa told the court as Pistorius sobbed and shook in the dock.

    "That, however, is not the end of the matter," Masipa said, pausing for lunch before returning briefly to begin considering the notion of "culpable homicide" - similar to a manslaughter charge in the U.S.

    She told the court that there was "no reason nor explanation" why Pistorius didn't call for help if he suspected an intruder and instead picked up a loaded gun.

    She said she was "not convinced that a reasonable person" with the same disability as the double amputee would have fired four shots into the bathroom without realizing that the person inside could be killed.


    So, it certainly sounds like Pistorius will be charged with something, as its hard to imagine the judge making those statements, and then letting him off completely free. Does that sound about right? From following the case, does this surprise anyone?
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    Today he was found guilty of Culpable Homicide. I've always thought that he was guilty. Fame is why he's out on bail today. Hero's don't come around too often in S. Africa. I hope he get's a reasonable (maybe 10 years) sentence. If you have a gun and experience using it..... you don't need to kill to ensure your safety. Just like a cop in Ferguson..... warning shots are unheard of. Even though if it was a burglar.... In the bathroom ??!!??!!?? are they maybe stealing your deodorant ? Let it go. 4 bucks to replace it is better than killing a loved one. Also a warning shot would scare away intruders. Hell, fire a warning shot and hold the gun in case you need more protection. If done in this case it would have proved that he was being afraid and stupid - over reacting.
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    TJ Wrote: Today he was found guilty of Culpable Homicide. I've always thought that he was guilty. Fame is why he's out on bail today. Hero's don't come around too often in S. Africa. I hope he get's a reasonable (maybe 10 years) sentence. If you have a gun and experience using it..... you don't need to kill to ensure your safety. Just like a cop in Ferguson..... warning shots are unheard of. Even though if it was a burglar.... In the bathroom ??!!??!!?? are they maybe stealing your deodorant ? Let it go. 4 bucks to replace it is better than killing a loved one. Also a warning shot would scare away intruders. Hell, fire a warning shot and hold the gun in case you need more protection. If done in this case it would have proved that he was being afraid and stupid - over reacting.
    Good points Tony. This is a very weird case, no doubt. Gotta think the only reason he got off was because of the inherent lack of evidence that a case like this would come with; a bunch of testimony and speculation mostly. Anyone know yet if he is getting actually jail time, and how much of it?