Tag: Oscar pistorius
Instead of relying on a jury of peers, the South African justice system makes provision for assessors. They are highly skilled, legally trained people selected by the judge, if he or she feels the need. In the Oscar Pistorius trial, there are two assessors, who may overrule the judge on a verdict when it comes to the facts of the case.
The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is setting a precedent when it comes to press coverage of a criminal trial: never before has there been such interest in a court matter in South Africa. That reporters are allowed to live tweet from court, that cameras are allowed to film in the court building are big steps towards a more transparent, freer media.
At the start of the Oscar Pistorius trial, celebrity US lawyer Alan Dershowitz suggested on CNN that Pistorius would not get justice as South Africa was a "failed state", and the trial "racial". Simon Barber, Brand South Africa's country manager for the US, wrote this open letter to Dershowitz in response.
At the heart of the Firearms Control Act is the protection of the constitutional right to life and bodily integrity. This means that getting a licence to own a gun is an arduous undertaking; it is not given lightly. But it's a process gun enthusiasts like Oscar Pistorius are willing to go through, more than once.
The chief investigating officer in Oscar Pistorius's murder trial is veteran cop Lt-General Vineshkumar Moonoo, a detective with the South Africa Police Service for the past 29 years.
Legal eagle Barry Roux has a reputation for being tough on witnesses; as senior council for alleged murderer and paralympian, Oscar Pistorius, he is bringing his considerable interrogation skills to the fore.
As the Oscar Pistorius trial unfolds, the players in the courtroom drama are taking their place on the stage. Advocate Gerrie Nel's role is to advocate for the victim, Reeva Steenkamp, and he is bringing his three decades of experience to the fore.