Oscar Pistorius is free ... for now. A judge has determined that "The Blade Runner," who faces charges that he intentionally killed his girlfriend, TV star Reeva Steenkamp, is not a flight risk and granted him bail. The bail is about $112,000. The Olympian has maintained all along that he didn't mean to kill Reeva -- that he thought an intruder was hiding in his bathroom and it wasn't until he shot through the door that he realized Reeva was no longer in their shared bed and that it was her in the bathroom.
The judge said that Pistorius was a low flight risk, given that his prostheses need regular maintenance and he has strong ties to the South African community.
Still, it's kind of galling knowing he'll be free while Reeva is dead either due to a deliberate murder plan on his part or a horrible mistake caused by his "shoot first, ask questions later" mentality, possibly exacerbated by steroid use and paranoia. A witness also claimed to have heard non-stop fighting before the murder. Ironically, part of the judge's decision for bail was that Pistorius "does not show a propensity for violence." Yeah, unless you're in his bathroom!
The judge also spent half an hour admonishing the prosecution for errors and blunders in gathering evidence for the state's case. In fact, incredibly, the lead investigator, Hilton Botha, is himself facing attempted murder charges!
All of this makes me wonder if Pistorius will be able to get out of this mess, much like O.J. Simpson did. And since there are no jury trials in South Africa, his fate rests with one judge. Does the granted bail mean that the judge is already sympathetic to his case? The judge even noted that Pistorius and Reeva "were very much in love." Err, what's that got to do with anything?
This should be an interesting case.
Do you think the judge is already on Pistorius' side?
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