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February 22nd, 2013
10:49 AM ET

VIDEO: Defense attorney Ted Simon breaks down evidence supporting bail for Pistorius

Criminal defense attorney Ted Simon on a magistrate's decision to grant bail to Oscar Pistorius.


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  1. jk

    For the US legal experts on 'anderson copper 360 live':

    Judge Desmond Nair was so thorough because of his social context.

    He wanted all strata of South African society to understand why he allowed bail so there would not be social unrest related to the decision. CNN and US legal experts might be interested to learn of the energetic women's movement in South Africa calling for NO BAIL for men who are violent to women and children (and men with glasses). Many men now arrested in South Africa for such violence are not given bail as a result of this movement and there are those in South Africa who would say that OP got bail because of his privileged white position and wealthy lawyer. I would say that is true but also that he is unlikely to pose a stealthy further risk to more people.

    I think the Judge took the time to do an excellent job of highlighting DREADFUL POLICING (here I would wish to underscore and write in bold 'Dreadful Policing') problems in South Africa, and I think CNN could do a helpful job of compelling the SA government to take active interest in the problem. By running it, South African media would definitely be more motivated to embarrass the government.

    I can understand why OP wouldn't yell or make a noise – it can be a mistake – but I cannot see why he wouldn't grab her and back rapidly out to a safe place(maybe with gun) since there was an avenue of escape. However, it is always much more complex when thee is another person to think of and worry about other than self in the moment. It changes the dynamics a lot.

    Why is CNN not using this opportunity to highlight other murdered and gang-raped women and children in the country?

    For American CNN experts and presenters to imply Judge Nair was in being overly dramatic IS the pot calling the kettle black, isn't it? I think the people on CNN are being very rude and condescending manner to Judge Nair. Perhaps, after all, he was a bit nervous and anxious to do a good job. I believe it was very important to explain to all the people in South Africa why he would not have visual media in the courtroom, and be heard to be applying the law as perfectly as possible.

    February 22, 2013 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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