Thursday, February 21, 2013
(Scandal): Why Oscar Pistorius is Guilty
In my opinion, this was not an accident. Presently, I believe this wasn’t premeditated. I think it was a stupid and careless act by Oscar attempting to play hero. What I find fascinating is his defense for his actions. Essentially Oscar is proclaiming that he perceived a burglary in progress. Yet, he also clarifies that he felt vulnerable without his prosthetics legs, although this did not stop him from running towards the danger. He was careless by creating the conflict. If the South African legal system allows Pistorius off the hook, I will predict others using the “I thought it was a burglar defense.”
So what is more important here, Oscar Pistorius falsified impression of a burglary or Reeva Steenkamp’s life cut short from a misinterpreted impression that Oscar perceived. Yes, Oscar is showing remorse (or great acting ability now), this is beside the point. It was his actions that caused this tragedy. He instigated the conflict, and used deadly force on an unarmed women based on his false impression of a burglary. So in other words, he f-ked up. I understand he’s remorseful now. This remorse should not be used as an excuse to escape conviction for ending Reeva’s life.
Therefore, I think Oscar is at least guilty of negligence.
*Let’s review the facts*:
Here's the case for the prosecution versus the case for the defense:
1 :: *Motive*
(A) : Prosecution: Pistorius fired the bullets through the closed door with the sole intention of murdering Reeva. He knew she was inside the room.
(*B): Defense: The frightened athlete thought there was an intruder in the bathroom. Pistorius used his gun as he wanted to protect himself and Reeva.
(C): My Comments: Not needed since Pistorius admitted to the incident
2 :: *Toilet*
(A): Prosecution: After the couple had a heated argument, Reeva ran to the bathroom and then locked herself in the toilet.
(B): Defense: Reeva's bladder was empty. This shows she had just popped to the toilet - she wasn't trying to get away from her boyfriend.
(C): My Comments: it doesn’t matter how she ended up in the bathroom, because this is where the incident occurred. Besides, maybe she had already gone to the bathroom or was using the sink/mirror instead of the toilet
3 :: *Bed*
(A): Prosecution: The balcony door and empty gun holster were on Reeva's side of the bed so Pistorius must have known she wasn't in bed when he fired the shots.
(B): Defense: Normally Pistorius sleeps on the right side of the bed but on this occasion he was on the other side because of a shoulder injury.
(C): This is immaterial which side of the bed Pistorius slept on. Oscar was able to close the balcony door, find his weapon, and maneuver to the bathroom without tripping, falling or bumping into anything in the “pitch black darkness.” He claimed to be timid because he didn’t have on his prosthetics, in addition to the same reason to have left the lights off. Claimed to have called out to Reeva to call 911, for obviously reasons, he did not receive a reply back because she was in the bathroom. I find his explanation fascinating. In every instance, where one may question his perception of events, he has a cloaked excuse.
4 :: *Legs*
(A): Prosecution: The downward trajectory of the bullets as they passed through the toilet door suggests the athlete was stood on his false legs.
(B): Defense: lawyers insist the double amputee was on his stumps and fired the bullets through the door from low down.
(C): My Comments: his excuse is hilarious. He was too scared to turn on the lights or approach the door from not having on his prosthetics, but not too scared to blast 4 shots into the bathroom door. What were his intentions to firing thru the door in rapid procession? He had 24 hour estate security, what if the “supposed intruders fired back and busted down the door?” He caused the dangers by making careless decisions and errors in judgment. His excuse of hearing something in the bathroom is the main reason why he fired into it? Not buying it!
5 :: *Lights*
(A): Prosecution: Witnesses have told detectives that they saw lights on at Pistorius' house at the time of the fatal shootings.
(B): Defense: The house was pitch black. Pistorius was very frightened about what he thought was an intruder - too frightened to turn the lights on.
(C): My Comments: I answered this in #4
6 :: *Screams*
(A): Prosecution: Neighbors say they heard shots and screaming. One witness heard "non-stop" fighting at the home between 2am and 3am.
(B): Defense: The claims about fighting are wrong. This witness was 650 yards away - much too far to hear what was going on.
(C): My Comments: It was stated, that estate security was called earlier in the evening due to commotion in his condo. Regardless, this is unimportant.