Oscar Pistorius charged with murder in death of model girlfriend

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    Feb 14, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    SHOCKED......and on valentines day no less.

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/14/world/africa/south-africa-blade-runner-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t1
  • thadjock

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    Feb 14, 2013 2:25 PM GMT
    a very sad story,

    it's equally shocking the way the authorities there like to reinforce their case against him by feeding media speculation on prior domestic events. but i guess SA is no different than the US . people get tried in the media and public opinion is all that matters.
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    Feb 14, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    i'm really proud of him for shattering the stereotype that only 2 legged people can be murderers.
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    Feb 14, 2013 8:43 PM GMT
    blackstrap saidi'm really proud of him for shattering the stereotype that only 2 legged people can be murderers.


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    Feb 14, 2013 8:51 PM GMT
    The fact that he shot his girlfriend doesn't change the person he's always been. Same with Lance Armstrong - he's been doping for years, but was just never caught. It's ironic that people make gods out of other human beings and the moment they are caught for doing something wrong, people turn on them and become so judgemental.

    Don't know - could be similar to a lot of gay guys' experience since coming out. The fact that one's gay is a part of who you've always been, but the moment you come out, people treat you like you're some other kind of person.

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    Feb 14, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    blackstrap saidi'm really proud of him for shattering the stereotype that only 2 legged people can be murderers.


    +1

    His physical handicaps/athletic achievements really don't grant him an innate moral superiority.
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:23 PM GMT
    Goodguy_SouthAfrica saidThe fact that he shot his girlfriend doesn't change the person he's always been. Same with Lance Armstrong - he's been doping for years, but was just never caught. It's ironic that people make gods out of other human beings and the moment they are caught for doing something wrong, people turn on them.



    I think you're right in that the news event doesn't change who they always were, but to compare the two crimes is unfair.

    Pistorius shooting his GF in a fit of passion falls into the category of personal problem.

    Armstrongs 15yr fraud perpetrated on his sport, the public, and his sponsors, to the scale of a $100,000,000.00 personal enrichment. Was a completely premeditated crime that was viciously defended, destroying any witnesses credibility And lives, using his money, power, and the shield of a benevolent charity he created to hide behind.
  • jock5827

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    Feb 14, 2013 9:31 PM GMT
    I won't rush to judge him. Whenever a celebrity is accused of a crime, the court of public opinion quickly renders a verdict without a full understanding of the facts. I don't think it is helpful for the police to be leaking information about "domestic incidents" to the media, since that may prejudice journalists covering the story and potential jurors that will ultimately decide on Pistorius' fate.

    I hope this sad incident leads to justice for the deceased woman, and to substantive action on gun control and personal safety in South Africa. I know several people from the United States who were posted to Johannesburg and Cape Town for work, and while all of them were amazed by South Africa's diversity and its natural beauty, all of them agreed that violent crime and the availability of weapons were big concerns, even for those used to America's screwed-up gun culture.
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    Feb 14, 2013 9:34 PM GMT
    She must have had it hard though imagine living with some1 who comes home legless every night
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:38 PM GMT
    blackstrap saidi'm really proud of him for shattering the stereotype that only 2 legged people can be murderers.


    Everyday boundaries are broken! This is a special time to be alive.
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    Feb 17, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
    JackDoyle said She must have had it hard though imagine living with some1 who comes home legless every night


    Who's to say she wasn't the crazy one and that it wasn't in self defense?
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:05 PM GMT
    MashogaNubianPrince said
    blackstrap saidi'm really proud of him for shattering the stereotype that only 2 legged people can be murderers.


    Everyday boundaries are broken! This is a special time to be alive.


    +!
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    MashogaNubianPrince said
    JackDoyle said She must have had it hard though imagine living with some1 who comes home legless every night


    Who's to say she wasn't the crazy one and that it wasn't in self defense?


    he was making a joke, legless is brit slang for being shit faced drunk