Blade-Runner Oscar Pistorius Granted Bail

Despite casting doubt on the case of double amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius, Magistrate Desmond Nair has granted bail to the accused murderer. “The defense has failed to show this court there is a weakness in the state case,” he said during a long-winded, two-hour address that followed the completion of arguments in a courtroom in Pretoria today. But he also criticized the state for failing to do enough background research on why Pistorius constituted a flight risk, and ultimately, apparently reluctantly, let Pistorius free (for now). When he announced his decision, the Pistorius family members in attendance erupted with a resounding “Yes!” Bail was set at 1 million Rand, with about a tenth of that amount, equaling roughly $11,200, required in cash. He can roam about within South Africa (but not in his home) until June 4th, his next court appearance.

 

 

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