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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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Doyouvideos    

I thought this guy had no legs

506 days ago
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skatrin    

That's a really dumb, nonsensical question by the judge. It sounds like he is already in bed with the defense (paid off?).

I smell a not guilty verdict coming...

506 days ago
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Volandero    

The only good that can come from releasing him on bail is if he goes home and throws on an " exit bag " and does us all a favor.

506 days ago
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Spicy mag    

He doesn't have a leg to stand on. Yuck yuck.

506 days ago
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goaway    

Does not add up! If anyone feels threatened the 1st thing they do is protect their loved ones. She was stunning and beautiful inside and out.

506 days ago
126.

grant    

Poor lil TINK TINK.

500 days ago
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