Thursday, September 11, 2014

"Negligent," but Not Guilty

After what seems like years and years of a trial, a judge today found Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius "not guilty" in the killing of his girlfriend Valentine's Day 2013. However, she did find him guilty of "negligence."

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.

Pistorius admitted to firing four expanding bullets into the toilet cubicle off his bathroom. But he had insisted that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder, fired unintentionally and not meaning to kill anyone.

Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on your point of view, South Africa doesn't have any kind of jury system there.

Pistorius may not have gotten away with it, but we will see if he is guilty on a lesser charge, and, if so, what punishment results from it.

A lot of people are upset with this verdict, by the way.


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