The Pistorius Trial Ends in a Not Guilty Verdict

Previously, courtroom trials were confined inside of four walls. Only the individuals such as the judge, lawyers, defendant, and those in attendance would be able to witness the trial. Today, thanks to the media, the internet, and television individuals are able to witness a trial right from their homes. Thanks to technology, people in South Africa and in other parts of the world were able to view the Oscar Pistorius trial.

Many were able to view the trial of Oscar Pistorius. Pistorius was accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. This trial gained much attention because Pistorius was a South African Runner who despite his disability was able to compete in various competitions including the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Paralympic Games. In addition to his fame, his girlfriend was also well known. She was a model. The relationship between the two ended on the morning of February 14, 2013 when Pistorius shot his model girlfriend. Pistorius admits to shooting his girlfriend because he thought that she was an invader. The next day the athlete was arrested and charged with the death of his girlfriend.

The trial was scheduled for March 3, 2014 to March 20, 2014, but due to needed accommodations the trial was extended to May 16, 2014. The trial took place in the High Court in Pretoria with Judge Thokozile Masipa. Pistorius had a list of charges against him that included illegal possession of ammunition and a couple of charges for firing a gun in a public area.

Witnesses were called and evidence was presented by both sides and on August 7th and 8th closing arguments were given. The judge adjourned the trial until September 11th. On September the 12th the unanimous verdict that was reached by the judge and her two assessors was delivered. The verdict for Pistorius was not guilty. The judge stated that some of the evidence presented by the prosecution was substantial and was therefore dismissed.

To some this was a difficult trial to follow and understand. Thanks to Brenda Wardle, a legal analyst for Arise TV, the trial was broken down and explained to all viewers.

Brenda Wardle is qualified to analyze such a high profile case because of her professional background. She has a Bachelor of Laws Degree along with knowledge and training that she received from the British Medical Council in Scotland that allowed her to be qualified in General Nursing & Midwifery.

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