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The Oscar Pistorius Verdict

The Oscar Pistorius Verdict

By Dennis Loo (9/12/14)

I am going to make this very short because I have previously written on this case extensively, both in articles and in the comments threads, especially in the thread after my first article on this.

The judge has ruled that Pistorius committed "culpable homicide" and that he did not know that he was shooting his girlfriend as he was doing it. Thus, he has been exonerated from the murder charge. 

For Judge Thokozile Masipa to find that Pistorius did not know that he was shooting Reeva Steenkamp to death requires that the judge overlook not only all the very damning testimony and evidence presented, not only Pistorius' ever-changing, contradictory, and self-convicting affidavit and testimony, including his absurd claim that he did not check to see if Reeva was in the bed before he got up to see about the "intruder," she must specifically overlook the fact that Reeva was screaming - so loudly that neighbors heard it - continuously while Oscar proceeded to shoot her four times.

Let us assume for a moment that Pistorius' story is true that he thought he was shooting an intruder. After the first shot, upon hearing Reeva's scream, Pistorius would have had to recognize that he was a) shooting a woman, and b) that it was Reeva since her voice would have been recognizable to him. He would then have stopped shooting.

Instead, he fired three more times through the closed toilet room door. 

Unfortunately, as Pistorius himself predicted when he was charged with Reeva's murder, he was and is going to get away with it because he always does.

Score a victory for men who murder women and for narcissists in particular who believe the whole world revolves around them. 

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Elaine Brower of World Can't Wait speaking at the NYC Stop the War on Iran rally 2/4/12