Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced today

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Good morning:

Judge Masipa will sentence Oscar Pistorius in about 30 minutes.

Will she sentence him to three years home confinement in a mansion with a pool because he has a disability and is wealthy according to the recommendation of his lawyer, Barry Roux, or will she sentence him to prison.

Watch and comment.

41 Responses to Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced today

  1. Malisha says:

    I am familiar with this cover-up technique. They insert irrelevancy after irrelevancy until there is a glob of non-evidence co-existing with actual factual material, after which they claim that there is so much confusion with regard to what happened that “nobody can tell what actually occurred” and presto change-o: reasonable doubt.

    • MDX says:

      And they rely on a media to just go along with the “experts”.

      Another observation.

      Both of Mike Browns flip flops were off of his feet as he tried to run away in vain.

      Q:What are we told about the primal brain stems response to a clear life threatening event?

      A:Fight or flight

      It is a binary event and, as such, it is totally illogical for a person in flight to suddenly switch to fight.

      What does happen is that, if the flight does not reach the safety of cover, then the person loses hope and submits to fate.

      IMO, Brown lost his shoes {which were not good for running in the first place}, probably heard the very frightening snap of a round passing close, and lost all hope. So he turned to give up.

      And Wilson gunned him down.

      Another observation.

      It is nigh on impossible for a person to reach into a car and “un-holster” a police officers gun.

      Why was it un-holstered?

      • Malisha says:

        Like Fogen (who had his gun out as he was tracking Trayvon Martin, and clearly was ready to shoot), Wilson got his gun out as soon as he made the decision to enter into a “me he-man you submissive slave” battle with the unknown flip-flop-clad African American (“disposable”) teen. I believe Wilson, also like Fogen (because Shellie had argued with him and then left to go to her father’s house), had some kind of bone to pick that day and was responding to a private manhood-challenge by killing “some thug.”

        • MDX says:

          Wilson, from what little has been revealed about him, does have a troubled history with women.

          The whole “I bark at you and you submit like a dog” thing is rampant in law enforcement and, IMO, conduct unbecoming of an organization that wants respect.

          I the old style Feudal System, the Knights or Samurai , who were the enforcers of property rights for the elite, had a code of conduct and a standard of behavior.

          In todays property rights based hierarchy, the enforcers act like scum.

          And I feel the Ferguson PD is a window into white privilege. I mean Wilson and the other cops in the photos appear out of shape, have poor posture, and no self-discipline.

          So I find it very hard to believe that there are not thousands of black males residents of Ferguson who are qualified to do better than that.

          The Reich Wing likes to mock third world countries populated by brown people.

          Well, in Jamaica, their police make the Ferguson cops look like sacks of dough filled shit.

  2. MDX says:

    And there was some of Browns tissue on the car proving a struggle?

    Gee whiz, Mr paid asshole, unethical, medical examiner, a round passing through a hand will splatter blood and tissue all over the place.

    Again, the evidence only proves that Brown was shot in the hand near the car door, nothing more.

  3. Sophia33 says:

    They are trying to prepare us for a non-indictment of Wilson. This smells of coverup. Now they are saying that the witnesses were all wrong.

    I’m sick of this.

    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/official-autopsy-shows-michael-brown-had-close-range-wound-to/article_e98a4ce0-c284-57c9-9882-3fb7df75fef6.html

      • MDX says:

        Wow, they are going to “fit” a story to the evidence and use those people {meaning blacks} are not reliable witnesses.

        What I find interesting is – that in the case of Zimmerman – vague or testimony by interested parties was given credence over forensic evidence that was massively not consistent with any of his stories.

        My take on the hand wound is a question.

        Q: What would be the immediate reaction of a person to a gun thrust at their face?

        A: In futility, they try to block the round with their hand.

        I have read many accounts wherein a fatal shot passed through a hand.

        So this hand wound does not prove anything mote than the fact that Brown was shot near the car.

        And the excuse that Brown did not have his arms fully raised in a classic surrender pose, thus meaning he was charging forward is insulting.

        He suffered multiple traumatic gun shot wounds before he staggered or fell forward.

        Gee, medical examiner on the payola, have you ever heard of shock?

        A person shot goes into shock and will crumple to the ground involuntarily.

        This second excuse is as lame as George Zimmerman saying Trayvon, after his heart was destroyed got up said “you got me” stepped a few paces back and fell down – note this was one of his story changes to cover the fact that Trayvon’s body was found at a point that made his death at close proximately to the concrete impossible.

        It is Zimmerman all over again.

        Holes appear in the story, so the story gets “crafted”, and the media ignores the “crafting”.

        It makes me sick.

      • girlp says:

        I’m betting the new witness was paid off or promised a lighter sentance or forgiven a misdemeanor, he was paid off somehow.

  4. Michelleo says:

    He wins again!

  5. ay2z says:

    The National Women’s League is not satiffied, they and others will ask the NPA (National Prosecutor’s Association) for an appeal.

  6. According to this article, Pistorius will only serve 10 months of his 5 year sentence.

    • Malisha says:

      What bothers me most is that he was rewarded for his outrageous and stupendously psychopathic lie about what happened.

      All in all, a disgrace.

      • bettykath says:

        I think the judge felt compelled to believe his story unless the prosecutor could effectively refute it. Even in accepting his story, what I don’t understand is, even if it were an intruder, why killing an intruder who is trapped in a locked toilet and who has made no move to leave it, is not deliberate murder. It should make no difference whether it was Reeva or a stranger. It wasn’t reckless because it wasn’t Reeva, it was murder because it shouldn’t matter who was in the toilet.

  7. Reuterss is reporting that a jury will be sworn and seated today in the Jodi Arias penalty phase retrial.

  8. The Steenkamps are satisfied with the sentence.

    The Steenkamps’ lawyer, Dup de Bruyn, said that the sentence Judge Thokozile Masipa handed down would likely be served as two years in prison and three years under house arrest.

    “In effect he gets three years’ correctional supervision and two years’ direct imprisonment,” said De Bruyn, after the sentencing hearing ended.

    De Bruyn said that Steenkamp’s parents were satisfied with the decision.

    “They feel it’s right,” he said.

    • Disappointed says:

      What is wrong with her parents? They feel that’s fair!! If someone shot my daughter life without parole would be fair. I suppose some people feel their children have a price tag. Disgusting. Did they not listen to the evidence? See photos of how their baby died?

      • They sat through the trial and criticized Judge Masipa’s verdict because they believed OP murdered Reeva.

        They said they never wanted vengeance. They wanted justice.

        I think their satisfaction with the sentence probably reflects their relief that the trial is finally over and Judge Masipa rejected the defense recommendation of home detention.

        You are entitled to your own opinion, but I think they were utterly devastated by her death. Her father has suffered several strokes and may yet die of a broken heart.

        The family has decided not to sue him for the wrongful death because they do not want his blood money.

        • Malisha says:

          The Steenkamps are saying, publicly, that they are satisfied. I am guessing that they are “resigned.”

        • Two sides to a story says:

          Reeva’s parents should sue the hell out of him because the only thing some people understand is having money taken from them. They could always give it away to charity or start a foundation or something. I’m disappointed. On the other hand, it can be karmically wise in some situations to just walk away.

      • Two sides to a story says:

        From what I know about sentencing in other Western nations, sentences are usually much shorter except for the most heinous of crimes. Still, this one seems a bit light but if the parents are satisfied, then so be it. Hopefully we won’t see Oscar screwing up in the future.

    • roderick2012 says:

      I heard that Pistorius has been making monthly payments to Steenkamp’s parents.

      If that’s true and they accepted the money then they care more about money than they do about their daughter.

      This is a sad sick world.

      • Malisha says:

        I don’t agree with that, actually. Reeva was helping them and they couldn’t make ends meet; suddenly she was gone and Oscar sent them some money. For SURE he wanted to achieve something by that, but who cares what HE wanted. The Steenkamp family is not responsible for the death of their child and if they took money, I don’t think it has anything to do with their love for her or how much they miss her. In fact I think he should have paid them a million dollars per month for LIFE.

      • ay2z says:

        /roderick, you lack some facts and context, including in the final agurments by the state prosecutor.

        They were in a bad situation financially and they had about 450 dollars (US) each month but they never wanted blood money, are not suing their daughter’s killer (they can’t survive that against the Pistorius wealth, even if their health could stand it) and will be paying back any of the few months help they got. (to pistorius, the help was helping himself as it was to be set against any ‘settlement’ they might gain in the future if they sued). Pistorius used it as an example of his goodness for purposes of sentencing, they put the media report out just before sentencing arguments began.

        And if that’s not good enough to change your mind, go back and listen to cousin Kim Martin’s testimony about the family and devastation.

        If still no good, wait until you loose a child by violent means, then criticize.

  9. Roux’s three-year home confinement in a mansion with a pool was offensive and unrealistic.

    5 years, given the possibility of an early release, seems too light and that is why I believe Nel’s 10-year sentence recommendation would have been more appropriate.

    In our screwed up legal system we give people more time for marijuana offenses, especially if they are black.

  10. Sentence

    Count 1 (culpable homicide): 5 years in prison

    Count 2 (discharging firearm in the restaurant): 3 years in prison, suspended for 5 years on condition that he not commit any law violations involving negligence or the use of a firearm.

    The sentences shall concurrent (i.e., together)

    Summary: 5 years in prison

    • Diamonique says:

      Is this a for sure prison sentence? Or can the judge still set some of it as home confinement?

    • Two sides to a story says:

      Five years!

      Well, at least that’s something. Better than the Zman. And he’ll suffer the rest of his life knowing what he did . . .

      But still. I think 10-15 would be more realistic, considering.

  11. 5 years is a slap on the wrist.

  12. She has been speaking for quite awhile, discussing other cases, for comparison.

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