The Blade Runner's Attorneys Need To Feel The Heat

Oscar Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend on Valentine's Day in South Africa.  This is international news because of his fame acquired on the Olympic track.  He is a double amputee who beat the odds and competed at a high enough level to earn significant sponsors like Nike and Oakley sunglasses.  He lived in a gated community in a country in which 50 people are killed a day.  It is sad that the murder of Reeva Steenkamp is not an uncommon occurrence.  The response of Oscar Pistorius' attorney is what troubles me.

The defense attorney made the following statement:

Pistorius sobbed softly as his lawyer, Barry Roux, insisted the shooting was an accident and that there was no evidence to substantiate a murder charge.

"Was it to kill her, or was it to get her out?" he asked about the broken-down door. "We submit it is not even murder. There is no concession this is a murder."

His defense team is not even going to concede murder in this case.  Oscar shot through a locked bathroom door at least three times.  After the first shot, he had to realize that the screams coming from his victim were those of his girlfriend.  He wanted to finish the job so he ignored the screams and went all in.  His Nike ad: I Am the Bullet in the Chamber, was coming to fruition.  All of the hours he spent at the range achieving his over 90% head shots from 300 meters was in full effect. 

It was stated that there were arguments heard in the house and that police had come to his location in previous instances.  In this instance, as the attorney stated, was it self-defense.  Oscar could have called police while guarding the bathroom door.  He could also have called security as he was living on a guarded estate.  Help was no more than ten minutes away.

I enjoyed Oscar's attempts to compete against able bodied Olympians.  A poor showing did not deter his efforts or aspirations after the 2012 summer Olympics:

The double-amputee sprinter said he's setting his sights on Rio de Janeiro in 2016 after finishing last in his 400-meter semifinal at the London Games on Sunday night.

He had already expressed through his Twitter account that he was excited about his upcoming races in 2013.  Why would he commit such a horrific act when he was doing what he loved to do?  I guess the 49 other people killed on average in South Africa that day needed to ask their perpetrators the same thing.

Reeva Steenkamp was a beautiful person.  She was a model and also a law school graduate.  Shje was concerned about the plight of women in South Africa.  I can imagine that her family must be devastated at her untimely demise.  I hope that Oscar' wealth and celebrity status do not allow him any leniency when it comes to what he has done.  His own words and actions, including grabbing his gun upon hearing his washing machine, will come back to haunt him.  South Africa has one of the highest rates of violence against intimate partners in the world.  I hope this incident can cause a discussion as to how to reduce these atrocities against women.

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