The Oscar Pistorius Trial

The trial of Oscar Pistorius is a story filled with irony, as it involves a heroic athlete who not only was able to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games, but one who also overcame a tremendous disability in order to compete. Pistorius is a double amputee who runs on running blades. Both his legs were amputated when he was only 11 months old, but he became a superb athlete with the help of prosthetics. Ironically, his life as a competitor came to a sudden halt when he was convicted of shooting his girlfriend, Reeve Steenkamp, when he mistook her for an intruder on February 14, 2013.

The many rulings and reversals that have come in the trial of Oscar Pistorius, along with the notability of the defendant, have made it an extremely difficult story to cover. While Pistorius was initially convicted of culpable homicide with a five year sentence and a three year suspended sentence for reckless endangerment (a separate sentence), that conviction was successfully appealed by prosecutors. After a temporary release from prison in October of 2015, Pistorius was convicted of murder on December 3, 2015, and his conviction for culpable homicide was overturned. He is currently under house arrest and will be sentenced on April 18 of 2016.

After over two years of numerous legal twists and turns, the trial of Oscar Pistorius is still not over, obviously. The trial has kept journalists at every level busy during over this time, as the family of Miss Steenkamp waits for the final verdict and sentencing.

Wardle holds three law degrees and has published numerous legal articles on a variety of subjects. She has been called on for her legal expertise by various media channels, including Fox News and Sky News Prime Time. As the twists and turns of the trial of Oscar Pistorius continue, news watchers can rest assured that Wardle will continue to cover the trial and offer her expert views on the meaning of this story’s conclusion.

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January 4, 2016

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