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Oscar Pistorius case police
admit investigative blunders

Guardian [UK], by Davis Smith

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 2/20/2013 4:44:27 PM

The prosecution case against the Olympics and Paralympics star Oscar Pistorius suffered a blow on Wednesday as South African police admitted a series of blunders in their murder investigation. Hilton Botha, the detective leading the investigation, crumbled under defence cross-examination after he wrongly claimed to have found boxes of "testosterone" in Pistorius´s bedroom and admitted that police had no evidence contradicting the athlete´s version of events.(Snip)The state prosecutor´s office later said there was an error in the detective´s testimony when he identified the substance as testosterone.

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The "testosterone" turned out to be an herbal supplement used by many athletes and not banned. The prosecution witness to "shouting" turned out to live 300 meters away (Botha first said "600 meters", then brought her closer) and couldn´t identify the voices as belonging to Steenkamp or Pistorius. The defense investigator found a spent bullet cartridge in the toilet bowl that the prosecution detective had missed.

One interesting exchange involved the magistrate questioning the prosecution´s contention that a double amputee as recognizable as Pistorius could successfully make a run for it if bail was granted.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: droopydog, 2/20/2013 4:49:21 PM     (No. 9187472)

If the leg don´t fit, you must aquit.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: droopydog, 2/20/2013 4:50:09 PM     (No. 9187476)

Sorry...acquit

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 2/20/2013 4:52:29 PM     (No. 9187481)

Megyn Kelly, Fox News, noted today that during the last few days there´d been no more mention of a bloody cricket bat. Is it a coincidence that that was about the time the autopsy was completed and the report handed over to authorities? No bashed head?

Pistorius said he used the bat, which he´d said months ago that he kept nearby for protection, to break through the toilet compartment door.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: schnapps, 2/20/2013 4:57:14 PM     (No. 9187492)

Seems like Pistorius has some smart attorneys. They´ll be calling Botha "Clouseau" soon if he doesn´t sharpen up.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 2/20/2013 4:58:09 PM     (No. 9187496)

Wondered about South Africa´s not having jury trials. Here´s the answer.

ury trials were scrapped more than 40 years ago because all-white juries were seen as unlikely to give black defendants a fair trial. A single judge is considered less susceptible to public opinion or media comments

So the South African media is more free to report details about the Oscar Pistorius case than the media in many other countries where such reporting would be seen as prejudicial.


http://www.anorak.co.uk/348485/sports/oscar-pistorius-murder-kak-handed-policing-and-an-empty-bladder.html/

Also explains why everyone seems to be talking so freely - and not always accurately, or so it seems today.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lakerman1, 2/20/2013 5:29:55 PM     (No. 9187548)

In most countries, there are no jury trials - and there is no exclusionary rule on evidence, as there is in the U.S.., created by the Warren court. (In other countries, the judge decides whether or not to admit otherwise tainted evidence.)

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Reply 7 - Posted by: coldoc, 2/20/2013 8:30:14 PM     (No. 9187800)

Cops in too big a hurry to get famous in front of a camera. Like a bunch of chucky schumers.

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