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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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1.

JennaKennedy    

SA must have about as good of a legal system as the US!

517 days ago
2.

CoconutScrimp    

I say if Oscar killed his girlfriend and gets away with it, it'll be on a technicality. The prosecution doesn't seen that competent.

You saw the news of that lead detective being accused 7 times of murder! And he's still on the job! Hmm... Sounds like some police forces here in the U.S.

517 days ago
3.

Marilyn    

He's a murderer & deserves to rot in jail!
Celebrity trumps all in this life!

517 days ago
4.

Bwoy dem    

The wheels of corruption are already turning.

517 days ago
5.

Lisa    

He admitted to firing the gun & moving the body! So he messed with the evidence. Those are crimes in itself. That's ludicrous!!

517 days ago
6.

@iAMTIMWILSON    

If it was just one shot I would believe his BS, but 4 shots?

517 days ago
7.

Christine    

He will either run or kill himself.

517 days ago
8.

rommel    

I knew this was gonna happen .someone is gonna snap now and to take him out.

517 days ago
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lisa c    

Yuran van der Pistoris was probably crying uncontrollably in the courtroom because he is coming off steroids! Yes, lets release him. Pathetic!

517 days ago
10.

3rd Base    

The Judge should have removed his privelege to wear Blades, then he's no flight risk.

517 days ago
11.

Mattie    

The JUDGE asked that? Isn't the judge supposed to be neutral? Shouldn't it be up to the defense attorney to ask such questions? Wow!

That said, I'm not surprised Pistorius is likely going to escape unscathed. The Prosecutor's "premeditated" murder is too high a charge with too high a burden of proof. He is setting up himself for failure so Pistorius walks. This whole thing is a farce.

I don't know all the facts so I don't know why he killed her but at this rate, there will never be a fair trial for either him or her.

517 days ago
12.

cobrazombie    

So the supposed intruder stopped to take a dump?

517 days ago
13.

Habib    

there are thousands of black South African in prison for crime they never committed, white man kills his wife but out of jail.

517 days ago
14.

allen    


the real title:

Oscar Pistorius
BAIL GRANTED BECUSE HE'S NOT BLACK!
NOT A Flight Risk
(HE'S A WHITE GUY!)

517 days ago
15.

Ryan B.    

This scares me...because the question the judge asked makes absolutely no sense. Chewbacca defense wins again.

517 days ago
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