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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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31.

AlwaysOnTimeB    

South Africa justice system = injustice system

557 days ago
32.

myopinion    

GREAT! Innocent until proven guilty!

557 days ago
33.

juicyyellabone    

Sorry but he is going to walk from this jus like oj, ray lewis , and err body else

557 days ago
34.

sarah    

Wow! Another athlete is going to get away with murder. Poor Reeva and her family

557 days ago
35.

Meme    

Um. Last time I checked, South Africa was not an island. He doesn't need to go through airport security in order to flee the country.....all he needs to do is get into a car and go. Insane decision

557 days ago
36.

Inconceivable!    

Plenty of people get bail, but end up convicted. It's just bail!

557 days ago
37.

BOHOE    

Oscar's updated facebook page header:
"Recently single and ready to mingle"

557 days ago
38.

neighbourhoodobserver    

the law is an ass

557 days ago
39.

buzz kill    

Where is he going to run to without his blades, they probably kept them as evidence. Maybe he can crawl.

557 days ago
40.

Maria Davis    

really OMG WTF how can they release his pathetic ass???? even Peterson gor 38 years and that murder was way harder to prove than this one!!!

557 days ago
41.

Marilyn    

TMZ, why don't you at least try to report this story in an unbiased manner? If you had actually read what was going on in the courtroom, it would not be a surprise to you that Pistorius was granted bail. There is simply not enough evidence to support that he intended to kill her ... try reporting it from that angle, if you don't mind.

557 days ago
42.

smarmy joe    

That's the last time we see this guy. He's gone like the wind.

557 days ago
43.

Tassel    

U all idiots! Some of u clearly have not checked facts and r making comments on what media, like this dum tmz, has been reporting. Go read facts in what happened at the hearing

557 days ago
44.

lisa c    

It has nothing to do with blades. He wont be running out of South Africa, he will be flying out on a plane with a martini.

557 days ago
45.

LISA    

I'm not shocked at all, sadly. I think the judge was swayed by the court of public opinion, but the main reason was he is not a flight risk. He SHOULD be in jail, in my opinion. Maybe not for pre-meditated murder, but at least 2nd degree murder.

557 days ago
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