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    Trial Discussion Thread #50 - 14.08.8, Day 40 ~final arguments continue~

    Oscar Pistorius: South Africa gears up for its 'trial of the century'

    (CNN) -- He was one of South Africa's favorite sons, an amputee track star who defied all the odds and sprinted into the hearts of millions during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She was a staggering beauty with the brains to match, a law graduate and model whose star was on the rise.

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/01/world/...trial-preview/



    Pistorius channel goes on air in South Africa

    http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_306483/con...tguid=Ip4glGHn
    Watch live: Oscar Pistorius murder trial
    Follow events from Pretoria as paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius appears in court accused of murdering his girlfriend, the model Reeva Steenkamp.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worl...der-trial.html


    Links:

    Full Indictment-4 Counts-107 Witnesses

    http://www.scribd.com/embeds/1856954...endations=true

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...uling-20140225

    http://www.channel24.co.za/TV/News/D...bloid-20140228


    Twitter:

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    http://www.702.co.za/shows/oscar_stream.asp

    http://www.mediaite.com/online/watch...r-trial-day-9/

    http://whoopwhoop.tv/pistorius2.htm

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    Trial Discussion Thread #50 - 14.08.8, Day 40 ~final arguments continue~

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    I think the people that are complaining about Nel's closing presentation, might be forgetting that he already presented the Judge with a written document, in organised outline form, and appropriate citations and case documents. And she already studied that BEFORE he gave his closing statement.

    Because of that, his presentation takes on a very different tone. He is not speaking TO US, but to her. And he does so AFTER he reads Roux's explanations and arguments in defense. So Nel is basically discussing, with the judge, the important points that he knew needed highlighting and clarification.

    The SA closing arguments are NOT like ours in a jury trial. So we should not compare apples to oranges. If we compare oranges to oranges, Nel did a brilliant job, imo. The judge was very engaged and even nodded in agreement a few key times.
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    5:07pm here, waiting patiently to begin....

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    This case cited by Nel was excellent, and it was confirmed by the Court of Appeal.

    State versus Mlambo

    “Moreover, if an accused deliberately takes the risk of giving false evidence in the hope of being convicted of a less serious crime or even, perchance, escaping conviction altogether and his evidence is declared to be false and irreconcilable with the proved facts a court will, in suitable cases, be fully justified in rejecting an argument that, notwithstanding that the accused did not avail himself of the opportunity to mitigate the gravity of the offence, he should nevertheless receive the same benefits as if he had done so”

    The Mlambo decision (supra) was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court of Appeal in an unanimous judgment per Olivier JA"

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    Good afternoon, evening, morning all from the cool clear air in the Blue Mountains of Sydney.

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    Hippity skippity day from North Carolina. I didn't hit the snooze today, so I'm actually early! That's a first.
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    Good morning. 2:11 a.m. in Texas.

    Oscar Radio is broadcasting pre-trial commentary:

    http://whoopwhoop.tv/pistoriusradio.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by katydid23 View Post
    I think the people that are complaining about Nel's closing presentation, might be forgetting that he already presented the Judge with a written document, in organised outline form, and appropriate citations and case documents. And she already studied that BEFORE he gave his closing statement.

    Because of that, his presentation takes on a very different tone. He is not speaking TO US, but to her. And he does so AFTER he reads Roux's explanations and arguments in defense. So Nel is basically discussing, with the judge, the important points that he knew needed highlighting and clarification.

    The SA closing arguments are NOT like ours in a jury trial. So we should not compare apples to oranges. If we compare oranges to oranges, Nel did a brilliant job, imo. The judge was very engaged and even nodded in agreement a few key times.
    I'm a little confused about what exactly closing arguments are supposed to be if they are not to repeat what's in their written Heads of Argument. I read Nel's Heads last night, and his closing was essentially a near-verbatim recitation of his written argument.

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    Good morning from dark, hot Louisiana, USA!

    I hope I can survive listening to Roux!
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!


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    Morning all from a mountaintop in the Balkans where I'm surrounded by a white out of fog and rumbling thunder in the distance - good day for being in front of a computer screen, and I do have the luxury of being on the same time as Pretoria.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minor4th View Post
    Good morning. 2:11 a.m. in Texas.

    Oscar Radio is broadcasting pre-trial commentary:

    http://whoopwhoop.tv/pistoriusradio.htm
    Same time as Louisiana! Howdy, neighbor!
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

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    The death knell for putative self-defence.

    “Perhaps the most damning aspect of the accused’s evidence is his inability to back-up his defence by admitting that he fired with the intention to kill or hurt the person/s he allegedly perceived to be attacking him.
    His actions were never intended to protect him against the perceived attack.
    It needs no argument that if he did not aim at the perceived threat then he cannot rely on putative self defence.”

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    Interesting discussions:

    Why Oscar is guilty: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/...scar-is-guilty

    Why Oscar is innocent: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/...ht-be-innocent

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    Quote Originally Posted by minor4th View Post
    I'm a little confused about what exactly closing arguments are supposed to be if they are not to repeat what's in their written Heads of Argument. I read Nel's Heads last night, and his closing was essentially a near-verbatim recitation of his written argument.
    Aren't the PT's heads written before they see the DT's heads, so the closing arguments are the opportunity to respond to them?

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