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Oscar Pistorius

BAIL GRANTED!

NOT A Flight Risk

2/22/2013 6:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A judge just GRANTED Oscar Pistorius bail, saying the Olympian is NOT a flight risk.  And get this ... bail was set at $112,771.

Pistorius was in court -- along with 2 members of Reeva Steenkamp's family -- as the decision went down.  Pistorius' family and friends were cheering the decision in the courtroom.

The judge said it was highly improbable Pistorius could flee the country, given his fame and the fact that he's a double amputee.  As Pistorius' lawyer noted, going through airport security would trigger multiple alarms.

And, the judge said, the prosecutor did not prove Pistorius had a propensity for violence -- meaning he would probably not kill again while out on bail.

Before ruling, the judge asked the prosecutor an interesting question -- If Pistorius' story was that he believed an intruder was in his bathroom, why didn't he "stage" a break-in to make his story more believable?  The prosecutor conceded, "The fact that we have only one survivor of that tragic night is difficult for the state."

The prosecutor argued ... proving premeditation doesn't mean Pistorius had to plan the murder the night before ... "He planned it that night when she locked herself in [the bathroom].

Pistorius' lawyer suggested that the charge should be lowered -- to "culpable homicide" -- meaning the Olympian didn't have the intent to kill Steenkamp at all but that it was a "tragic mistake."

And Pistorius' running coach said before today's hearing if he gets out on bail, he'll train Pistorius to "get his mind kind of clear."

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Truth    

ANOTHER F*CKING OJ!!!!!! DUDE IS GONNA GET OFF SCOTT FREE LIKE RAY LEWIS. MAN, SOMEONE SHUD PUMP HIM FULL OF BULLETS WHILST HE'S OUT ON BAIL... SAVE THE F*CKING COURT'S TIME AND TAXPAYERS MONEY INSTEAD OF WAITING MOS FOR NOT GUILTY VERDICT. #TRUTH!!

522 days ago
17.

Mary Ann McQueen    

And the table is set for someone to get away with murder..... Let's hope for a trial and justice....

522 days ago
18.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

You can't train to get your "mind kind of clear" when you've murdered your girlfriend. I'm still calling BS on Oscar's version of events.

522 days ago
19.

BrianL    

Can you imagine if it was a black south African in the same position as Pistorius, I can guarantee that the Judge would not grant bail but sent back to his jail cell.

I would not want to be living in South Africa and such ridiculous ruling that grants Pistorius bail because he is a so called celebrity.

I guess that the victim family must be extremely upset, but if they can arrange for hit on Pistorius that might give them the justice they deserve.

Because quite frankly, if it was my family member being brutally killed by a piece of vermin with total disregard for her life, he might have been granted bail by this incompetent **** (delpunjub = judge) but as soon as he steps out of the court one full on shot in the head and brutally murdered just as he did. Justice will be rendered then!

522 days ago
20.

paul a.    

I hate to say it but he might "walk"!

522 days ago
21.

lisa c    

I bet he can't wait to get home a grab another needle!
Oh, I hope the cops did not take them all!

522 days ago
22.

Melissa B    

They were CHEERING? How tasteless & rude.

522 days ago
23.

who dat    

$110,000 USD +/- (1,000,000 rand), seems kind of low bail. Especially for a Murder case.This guy has a net worth of several million dollars.

Guess he told the judge...i want the linsay lohan golden handshake deal.

522 days ago
24.

Just Me    

Why would he stage a break-in when his defense is that he mistook his girlfriend as an intruder. Ie no break-in ever occured. What an astoundingly stupid question.

522 days ago
25.

David    

this is bullsh*t

522 days ago
26.

zombie    

I see that payola is alive and well and flourishing in S.A. Why didn't the puss*fied judge just cut this whole mess short and declare him innocent?.

522 days ago
27.

patsfan4life    

Wooow...this turd wouldn't be given bail if he was a regular joe, that just goes to show you that the ju$tice $ystem is spelled with a dollar sign. What bull

522 days ago
28.

Mikey    

Why not just put a ankle monitor on Shoeless Oscar Pistorius?


Oh wait, never mind...........

522 days ago
29.

BmoreGirl    

Wow just speechless the legal system is screw up everywhere!

522 days ago
30.

Jackie-nunn    

Black people in SA NEVER get prosecuted to the same degree of the law as whites. The black prime minister raped a young girl... He got off. 10 black men raped a 9 month old baby girl, they got off. White farmers are tortured, raped and murdered, the black accused get off. There are not enough tax dollars to prosecute as only white people pay taxes( 45 million population, 40 million black). The prime minister has a song about killing the white man. White people are afraid. You are ignorant. Google these crimes I have spoken about. And before you say anything, no, not every white South African can leave, the world doesn't work that way.

522 days ago
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