This goes back to the idea that the news can sometimes change a trial from a person being tried to a character that takes endless scrutiny when nothing has been set in stone. Also, this is half a world away. This has no bearing on the United States in any way, yet it's breaking news on USA today. Hang on. South African news on USA today. Let that sink in.
Now, a few excerpts for those who really don't want to read this.
"In a decision that took nearly two hours for him to explain,
magistrate Desmond Nair said Pistorius is not a flight risk and does not
show "a propensity for violence" or constitute a risk to the community."
"Bail was set at 1 million rand ($112,803) and a court date was
set for June 4. Pistorius has been ordered to surrender his passport and
refrain from contact with any witnesses for the prosecution. He is not
allowed to use prohibited substances or alcohol and is subject to
testing, the judge said."
"(Pistorius) is treating it as, 'Let me go, let me carry on my business
as usual," prosecutor Gerrie Nel said. "But it can't be business as
"Pistorius' case took a dramatic turn Thursday as police announced that
its lead investigator has been replaced. Botha, who testified earlier in
the week, faces attempted murder charges from a 2011 case. The charges
stem from an incident in which Botha and two other police officers
allegedly shot at a minibus they were trying to stop."
-This is turning into a soap opera.
"All his stories sound like lies," said Ryan George, 28, of Johannesburg, before the magistrate's ruling was announced.
-This is my favorite part of the story. Who is this joker?
"No doubt that he wanted to kill her," said Andre Van Biljoen, 54, of
Johannesburg. "If you look at his attitude at the Paralympics, you can
see this guy is a narcissist."
-Apparently, this lady is an expert psychologist.