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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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232 COMMENTS

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61.

Lisa    

So it's ok too shoot an intruder, when there was no signs of forced entry? ijs God knows Wat happened enough said

605 days ago
62.

Sapphiegirl    

How can thye say its premeditated when he had no intent to kill when the argument started. Sounds more like a crime of passion (in the heat of the moment) then premeditation. Corrupt cops contaminating the crime scene is more damaging to the prosecution than anything else! DUMB COPS RUINING A PROSECUTION AGAIN

605 days ago
63.

Joan K    

Let's hope he doesn't go all bonkers now and has a gun somewhere to kill another innocent person. It has happened before and it sounds like he would be one to do this.

605 days ago
64.

Truth    

Prediction: He walks on insufficient evidence. No case for the Prosecution without evidence or in this case a witness. Next.

605 days ago
65.

Jay    

The judge's "interesting" question makes no sense. If Oscar had staged it to look like a break in that would prove it was a cover up because why would his girlfriend have "broken in".
The only way the "staging the break in" scenario works is if the killer pretends to break in to kill the person in the house.

605 days ago
66.

sam    

Appalling.

605 days ago
67.

DaveT    

Here's what's scary:
1) most people in the public assume a man is guilty before they see any actual evidence presented
2) most of those people in the public will at some point serve as a jury member
3) any one of us, you or me, could be *falsely* accused of something and the presumptuous, fickle public you see on internet forums, blogs and comment boards...could end up on the jury who judges you
Oscar may be guilty of murder and if so he deserves to be disciplined and punished according to the law.
Oscar may also be innocent and it may have been an accident and if so he deserves to be free
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12 Angry Men, good movie ;)

605 days ago
68.

juliefig04    

Take his blades.. just in case

605 days ago
69.

juliefig04    

Hopefully he doesn't end up being the next / white OJ

605 days ago
70.

Jigger    

If you dont want him to run, take his legs

605 days ago
71.

Marilyn    

His spokesperson said he is planning to start training again with his personal trainer to compete in races on Monday.
Biz as usual.

605 days ago
72.

janet    

C'mon guys, This is South Africa not the United States. He's out on bail, his passport pulled, he's not going anywhere.


He lost his endorsements, ads pulled, most of his money will go to lawyers. I feel bad for his girlfriends family.

605 days ago
73.

gonad    

It appears that he keeps his head hung low and does not look around the courtroom in order to keep himself from smiling or laughing about what he is getting away with.

605 days ago
74.

Jackie    

If they gonna let celebs get away with murder, then they should let all murderers out. I'm sick and tired of double standards.

605 days ago
75.

pancake    

I'm totally STUMPED by this decision.

605 days ago
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