“This verdict is not justice for Reeva,” June Steenkamp said. “I just want the truth.” Reeva died a “horrible, painful, terrible” death, she added, saying: “He shot through the door and I can’t believe that they believe it was an accident.” [NBC News]
FOUND NOT GUILTY of murder, Oscar Pistorius‘s award winning court performance had the desired effect. On October 3 he will either be sentenced to jail or walk away, a flip of the coin is about as serious as we can get about what happens next. The nonchalance cemented in injustice, Reeva Steenkamp killed inside a bathroom by a celebrity athlete who never bothered to find out where she was before he fired four fatal shots.
From the LA Times:
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Masipa not to extend the athlete’s bail because of the serious nature of the conviction. He noted that Pistorius was involved in “an incident” at a nightclub in July. He also argued that Pistorius was a flight risk, saying he had sold his two last properties, and that there was nothing to keep him in South Africa.
Defense lawyer Barry Roux conceded that Pistorius should not have been at the nightclub and knew that appearing in public “invites problems.” But he said Pistorius sold the property to cover his legal costs and that that move showed his respect for the legal system.
Masipa was not persuaded by Nel’s argument. Pistorius remained free on bail.
Reeva Steenkamp is dead.
Oscar Pistorius is free, if on bail awaiting a lesser charge that could carry prison time in addition to a possible 15 years for culpable homicide.
After a week where we learned the details of Ray Rice going free after coldcocking Janay (Palmer) Rice now his wife, it all fits in the world of male violence against women that’s shrugged off as nothing.
Pistorious and Rice both with the opportunity to continue their sports careers, while one woman is dead and another woman remains enthralled by her protector role of the man who abused her.
Judge Masipa did convict Oscar Pistorius of recklessly discharging a firearm in public. The athlete said the gun “went off in his hands.” It’s not too different from what he contended in the Reeva Steenkamp killing, through tears borrowed from a crocodile.
Facing 15 years for culpable homicide, plus gun charges, this is serious for Pistorius.
However, like the prosecutor in the Ray Rice felony assault, which was handed down by a grand jury then basically dismissed for therapy, a woman’s lifeless body, dead or unconscious, is always seen as a minor aspect of any drama involving a celebrity jock.
Bob Woodward said today on “Morning Joe” that the NFL has so much power, wealth and reach it’s worthy of serious investigation.
Sexual assault and domestic violence that often ends in murder continues to confound modern society that’s been run by men for centuries. We still haven’t figured out how to face it bravely and declare no tolerance, with Judge Masipa’s words offering no solace for women who don’t see the warnings and stay.
Reeva Steenkamp is dead, a mythical black intruder invoked, and the defence is frankly implausible. Just what does a man have to do to be found guilty of murdering a woman? [Guardian]