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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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76.

Shyla    

This is bull****! If it was anyone else they would not be granted bail.. It is obvious he killed her, knowing it was her.. I mean if your girlfriend is staying with you, wouldn't you check and see where she was in the house before you go off shooting?? Come on people!

505 days ago
77.

Keyser Söze    

... And you thought the California Justice System was a joke!

505 days ago
78.

maria    

His coach...I'm going to train him to get hi mind kind of clear. Yea, how do you clear his mind of shooting his girlfriend 4 times to death. Stupid!

505 days ago
79.

prince luvr    

Guilty,,he literally lol doesnt have a leg to stand,on :)

505 days ago
80.

Aeneidof Virgil     

i hoped he was innocent...he was one of my heros .....its amazin what you find when you search the 'real les trollops' not Oscar but some equally interesting characters.

504 days ago
81.

martyjones100    

If this legless "runner" doesn't git life for killing his (ex) girlfriend I'll go over there & kill eem myself. Swear to God I will.

504 days ago
82.

BeckyBoo    

It saddens me that this POS will more than likely walk. It's sick how rich people and celebrities can get away with crimes because of $$$ and social status, but a regular joe will rot in prison for the same crimes.

504 days ago
83.

Annatude29    

This is such BULL****!! How sad for her family. If he wasn't a so called celebrity this would not have happened.

504 days ago
84.

Tricky    

If Zimmerman can get away with murder, so can OSCAR hehehe... However the victim here is white. SUSPENSE... gonna get more popcorn

504 days ago
85.

Deanna    

That judge is so smart. This is a very true point. If you don't understand the logic behind it , really dig deep! It is a smart , smart move.

504 days ago
86.

Tricky    

Not a surprise, HE IS WHITE.

504 days ago
87.

Gretel    

It's not that he can exactly blend in many places in order to hide

504 days ago
88.

Luz    

I think he's gonna walk because he has a lot of money to pay very, very good lawyers. And I "love" the way his PR only allows pictures of a sad, crying Pistorious.

504 days ago
89.

bernergirl    

The leg jokes are getting old... And are a cheap shot, if you have to joke, think of something better!

504 days ago
90.

Kathie    

He's cute! hope they'll be cameras in the courtroom.

504 days ago
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