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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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46.

rob    

This is going to be the OJ Simpson case for white people. Guy is guilty as sin, but he will walk.

554 days ago
47.

Jody    

Well, it's easy to see who's side the judge is on.

554 days ago
48.

NOT ELMO    

Purchased his freedom for $112,000 dollars....................WTF

554 days ago
49.

yvetterene    

Regardless of his guilt or innocence, the purpose of bail in a Criminal Case is to ensure that the Defendant will continue to come to his court dates. I can't imagine that he is a serious flight risk. I doubt he's going very far. He's pretty high profile at this point. That doesn't mean that I don't think he's guilty...

554 days ago
50.

PhilipMarkum    

All I can say is that I hope he goes to jail for life...on his stumps.

554 days ago
51.

lmhilly1971    

the prosecution screwed themselves by going w/ premeditated...he killed her in the heat of the moment after an argument...smh

554 days ago
52.

SSinOC    

Hide his stumps!

554 days ago
53.

LISA    

I'm pissed too, but the bottom line for bail is whether or not the accused is a flight risk. CNN reported he would have a hard time fleeing the country given his celebrity and prosthesis.

554 days ago
54.

Liz    

If he's not a flight risk, TMZ, why did he have to surrender his passport???

554 days ago
55.

bobocz    

You always get favored if your famous, any regular person would still be in jail.

554 days ago
56.

Missy    

Bet these "magistrates" are bought & paid for just like Urine Van Der Sloot's in Aruba. Her poor family. I mean, on its face, such a BS story. It's so dangerous there he has 97 guns but leaves his sliding doors open to sleep? Then gets up to close them & thinks a robber is in his BATHROOM? Doing what? Stealing his deodorant & toothpaste? And he doesn't look or feel in his own bed but assumes it's a robber in his bathroom & starts shooting? And what of the cricket bat? If her head shows trauma (assuming he didn't shoot it up to cover his tracks), that's the whole deal right there. What a travesty, he will be the next Julian Assange. And we can't say a word from the US- look at OJ & Casey Anthony.

554 days ago
57.

Cran    

Little Weasel slunks off......

554 days ago
58.

Lisa    

Take away his legs & I will believe them. Where is the justice for that innocent woman that ended up with a nut case? ijs

554 days ago
59.

Chorizo300    

Take his stumps and lock them up !!

554 days ago
60.

scoopie    

Might not be a flight risk but he can run fast.

554 days ago
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