The Oscar Pistorius Trial

Oscar Pistorius was charged with murdering his girlfriend, but the charges were reduced to culpable homicide rather than murder. Prior to this incident, he was a very well respected and known athlete in the special olympics. The fact that he was arrested for murder truly was a shock to everyone.

Oscar Pistorius claimed that he shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, because he thought that she was breaking into his house. When this occurred, he was arrested for her killing. Shortly after his arrest, he went to trial in Pretoria. Oscar Pistorius attempted to use the defense that his generalized anxiety disorder caused him to believe that Reeva Steenkamp was someone illegally entering his home. However, the prosecution said that he did not have any form of mental illness that could have explained his behavior. However, the debate over whether Pistorius could have committed the crime due to mental illness made for a significant delay in the trial. Later on, the trial resumed, and he was convicted. However, the charge was lessened to culpable homicide along with a firearm charge. Culpable homicide charges mean that the killing was negligent, yet still a form of homicide (e.g. not committed in self defense). He was imprisoned for this killing, but it was a lesser term than he could have received. He actually was released from prison recently, on October 19, 2015.

The trial was well covered by legal analyst Brenda Wardle. She is very skilled as a legal analyst, and she has covered a number of different cases. The cases she has worked on have been very well known. Her coverage of the Pistorius case was very skilled and well executed. In fact, Brenda Wardle is known throughout the world as a legal analyst. She is also an author of quite a few different legal articles that have been very well received by the legal community.

She is very qualified for her legal career, in terms of her distinguished educational background. In fact, she has not just one law degree, but she has three. These degrees are a Bachelor of Laws Degree, a Masters in law, and Intermediary Degree Qualification in Criminal Justice Administration. She has taken legal courses in a great variety of different areas of law, such as medical law, media law, and constitutional law. This extensive background is very helpful to her when covering the prominent legal cases that she covers.

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