Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder
Just in case you think America is the only country where famous athletes can basically do whatever they want to women with little to no consequence, Oscar Pistorius was just acquitted of murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after shooting her four times through a closed bathroom door on Valentine’s Day. The LA Times reports:
The judge found that some of the witnesses were confused, some were far from the Pistorius house and others failed to distinguish what they heard from what they later picked up from the media.
“Human beings are fallible,” she said in reference to the witnesses, adding that the court would rely on technology, including phone records, to establish what happened.
Masipa said the most important evidence in the trial was the testimony of Pistorius, the only surviving eyewitness. She added that it was unclear from his testimony whether he intended to fire his weapon.
Fortunately, the judge didn’t have anything to say about Oscar Pistorius’ character as a witness except, oh wait, she did and basically called him a liar:
Masipa also found that Pistorius was a “poor witness” who was evasive and argumentative on the witness stand. She said he was not honest with the court when he denied any intention to shoot on the night of the killing. She also rejected the defense argument that this was because he was under stress and on medication.
However, Oscar Pistorious could still be found guilty of “culpable homicide,” essentially involuntary manslaughter, but that won’t happen until tomorrow, so he has plenty of time build up another fountain of snot:
Judge Thokozile Masipa halted the proceedings before delivering a ruling on a lesser charge of culpable homicide and said she would resume the proceedings on Friday.
“It’s clear that his conduct was negligent,” Masipa said.
But the judge said she did not find sufficient evidence to prove the prosecution’s contention that Pistorius intended to kill Reeva Steenkamp after the couple had an argument, though she did conclude that the athlete was negligent in firing his weapon four times through the door of the bathroom in his residence, in which Steenkamp had locked herself.
In related news, Ray Rice has announced he’s moving to South Africa and wants to know if he can borrow your gun. He only needs it for a minute. He’ll bring it right back.