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Do you agree with the decision to grant Oscar Pistorius bail?

Fox Report with Shepard Smith 2013/02/22 16:33:09
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Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail and will be freed from custody pending his trial in the Valentine's Day shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair announced his decision Friday after four days of arguments from prosecution and defense in Pistorius' bail hearing, and after spending about one hour and 45 minutes announcing his decision.

Nair said Pistorius' affidavit, in which he gave his version of the events of the shooting on morning of Feb. 14 in a sworn statement, had helped his application for bail in Pretoria Magistrate's Court.

Pistorius' supporters shouted "Yes" when the magistrate made his ruling. Nair then ordered a court break before establishing terms of the bail.

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  • Veritas 2013/02/22 20:59:09 (edited)
    Yes
    Veritas
    +12
    Not proven guilty yet. I don't think he's going to go on a spree. If this went down the way he said it did, he's more in danger of hurting himself than anyone else.

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  • Broken 2013/02/27 20:31:45
    No
    Broken
    +1
    With the autopsy evidence showing his girlfriend was beaten just before she was shot, it seems to me that this guy is indeed guilty of 1st degree murder and is putting on an act to try to escape the consequences of his murderous rage.
  • Matt 2013/02/27 15:51:59
    Yes
    Matt
    its not like the guy can skip the court case... or tiptoe away quietly.

    I hear he's not allowed within a few feet of the crime scene either...
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2013/02/27 10:27:06
    Yes
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    Why not ? Eric Holder and Odimwit have never even been charged in more deaths !
  • bubbaDAkang 2013/02/27 08:51:56
    Yes
    bubbaDAkang
    Don't know the law of the land where he's from but in the u.s. they say you're innocent until proven guilty
  • Charmai... bubbaDA... 2013/03/02 05:37:37
    Charmaine Warren
    I'm from South Africa and it is also innocent until proven guilty.
  • exhon2009 2013/02/27 00:30:30
    Yes
    exhon2009
    I might have taken the high tech posthetics away from him however.
  • Dale 2013/02/26 23:39:43
    Yes
    Dale
    But would not agree with the granting of bail if he were in United States under same circumstance.
  • wes 2013/02/26 21:48:35
    No
    wes
    +1
    What would make anybody think that he is not a flight risk, really?
  • Boudicea 2013/02/26 19:46:27
    Yes
    Boudicea
    +1
    accused murderers get bail in America all the time. What's the big deal?
  • wolf 2013/02/26 19:41:44
  • Sir Bud. 2013/02/26 19:16:21
    Yes
    Sir Bud.
    Dont see any threat of leaving the country and if he did he wouldnt get far and be brought back,and that way showing more guilt than innocents.
  • Ashley 2013/02/26 18:25:06
    Yes
    Ashley
    For some reason, the judge granted it. As long as he is monitored.
  • Liaan 2013/02/26 15:15:36
    No
    Liaan
    we are all Gods children. He died on the cross for our sins. Sin is sin and we all do it, whether we want to hear about it or not. No matter we take a life or tell a white nlie, we all are in the end SINNERS. Everyone should just get off their high horses...God already frogave you Oscar. as long as you repent.
  • Cleaver62 2013/02/26 10:13:19
    Yes
    Cleaver62
    +1
    I don't know what the laws are in South Africa but innocent until proven guilty seems to apply here. Money is the big equalizer. If you have it you can win any argument anytime.
  • strawberry 2013/02/26 04:12:43
    No
    strawberry
    +2
    I feel Oscar Pistorius could be a danger to himself or someone else due to his seemingly out of control temper. He is not acting rationally and who knows what he would do.
  • sick'n'tired PWCM 2013/02/25 23:11:32
  • Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F 2013/02/25 22:25:11
    No
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +3
    Watch him run like a rabbit to the nearest country without extradition.
  • painted desert 2013/02/25 21:46:47
    No
    painted desert
    +4
    No, I don't. But his family has money, so I wasn't surprised.
  • BigFig#9 2013/02/25 20:50:34
    Yes
    BigFig#9
    +2
    Little flight risk, difficult to serve a double amputee in jail, risk to any high profile prisoner for extortion. If he's found guilty we can cross that bridge then as to how to incarcerate him but he is 'innocent' at this point.
  • Michele_Henson 2013/02/25 18:04:37
    No
    Michele_Henson
    +2
    South Africa has a 10% conviction rate.
    Pistorius' lawyer has charges for murder... Pistorius' brother has murder charges 5 years old.....
    I would imagine that Pistorius will be walking around free for awhile too.
  • Danielle 2013/02/25 14:13:18
  • BostonY... Danielle 2013/03/02 12:04:56
    BostonYooper
    And so is the lead detective on the case accused of a possible murder.
  • mike j 2013/02/25 13:16:34
    Yes
    mike j
    +3
    I could not care less about what they do in South Africa
  • Daisy's Brother 2013/02/25 13:04:27
    Yes
    Daisy's Brother
    +2
    Yeah, I think it was fair to grant this poor suffering man bail, after all his girlfreinds bladder was empty!!
  • Gir 2013/02/25 09:23:39
    Yes
    Gir
    +3
    Why not? My opinion has only been shaped by information available to me.

    The Magistrate in this case is far more informed than I. Why should I second guess their decision?
  • Daisy's... Gir 2013/02/26 13:02:25
    Daisy's Brother
    err, because we make our decisions based on what is right and wrong. The judge is basing his decision purely on a point of Law. remember OJ SIMPSON? God forbid we should ever see a judgment like that again!!
    Anyway at the moment the judge knows only what you know as well because the trial hasnt started as yet, please dont be so quick to dismiss your valid opinion. Intellectuals dont have all the answers.
  • Gir Daisy's... 2013/02/26 13:44:58
    Gir
    They don't like... present some evidence at bail hearings? No indictment is necessary? I disagree with that premise.

    Further more I am in Texas USA. You are in Australia. How the hell we know better than a Judge in South Africa, what's going down in South Africa?

    Google Earth go live now?
  • Daisy's... Gir 2013/02/26 18:44:05
    Daisy's Brother
    LOL, But wait...... do morals really have a border?
  • Tattoo Nana 2013/02/25 07:02:40
    Yes
    Tattoo Nana
    +3
    He isn't proven guilty yet, and the bail amount was fairly substantial. The argument that he'll flee and hide doesn't fly - he's a very well known individual. That alone will keep him in the town. And it sounds as if his track coach is willing to step in and keep him busy during the day. Time will tell what they judge and jury decide.
  • Runaway ✩ 2013/02/25 07:00:56
    Yes
    Runaway ✩
    +4
    I suppose. I don't agree strongly with granting bail, I just kinda think that most people should get it, if they put up enough of a surety to return for court.

    Oscar is guilty of something. If he didn't murder his girlfriend, then he is guilty of criminal stupidity and manslaughter. I'm a strong advocate of the right to keep and bear arms, but shooting through your own bathroom door? WTF? You heard, or imagined that you heard a sound in your bathroom, so you start shooting? Really? WTF?!?!?!

    He is eaten up with paranoia, or he's doing some bad drugs. Either way, he is a danger to society.
  • Gir Runaway ✩ 2013/02/25 09:26:11
    Gir
    There may indeed be an easy case for negligence.
  • Aunty Alez 2013/02/25 06:30:10
    Yes
    Aunty Alez
    +2
    I think he deserves benefit of the doubt. None of us know what its like living in South Africa, and without legs. If it were me, and i had a gun, and thought there was an intruder i would shoot too probably. However a few 'facts' dont seem too add up like why he didnt notice his girl wasnt in bed, and that she probably woulda yelled out if he was shooting into the bathroom she was in. He might have also thought a man was in there with her also though.... I dunno, i think everyones been a bit too quuick to judge though. I also dont think hes a public threat, an it probably wasnt preditated, there were reports of yelling - arguments, so if he did do it it was probably a heat of the moment thing...
  • Tattoo ... Aunty Alez 2013/02/25 07:05:38
    Tattoo Nana
    +1
    I almost think that he is more a danger to himself than to anyone else.
  • Aunty Alez Tattoo ... 2013/02/25 07:16:47
  • cheetahlover156 2013/02/25 05:11:39
    No
    cheetahlover156
    +2
    He was given bail only because he was famous, no other ordinary man would have been given bail.
  • Nudenz 2013/02/25 04:11:22
    No
    Nudenz
    +1
    He should be treated the same way as anyone else who has been charged with a serious crime.
    "Personalities" should not get special treatment.
  • olylift 2013/02/25 00:59:00
    Yes
    olylift
    +2
    Oh, because you all were there. So much for innocent before proven guilty. Americans.
  • Aunty Alez olylift 2013/02/25 06:32:24
    Aunty Alez
    +1
    Exactly life in USA and other countries is so different to there. It sounds suspicious, but i dont think theres enough for us who dont know the whole story to judge on.
  • olylift Aunty Alez 2013/02/25 07:24:38
    olylift
    +1
    Damn right.
  • fitz 2013/02/25 00:30:31
    No
    fitz
    +1
    As long as you're rich and famous, the rules don't apply.

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