Take Two for February 22, 2013

Oscar Pistorious case garnering comparisons to OJ Simpson trial

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South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius is pictured at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on February 22, 2013. Pistorius battled to secure bail as he appeared on charges of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14, Valentine's Day. South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius is guilty of premeditated murder in Steenkamp's death, a charge which could carry a life sentence. Pistorius denies the charge, saying that he shot 29-year-old Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door in the dead of night by accident, having mistaken her for a burglar.

After nearly 2 hours this morning, a South African magistrate announced his decision in the bail hearing of double-amputee track star Oscar Pistorious.

Pistorious is accused of murdering his girlfriend, who he claims he mistook for an intruder before shooting her multiple times through a bathroom door. Only months ago, it seemed the world was his oyster.

He was regarded as a national hero after he broke barriers as the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic games and he was deeply respected by his peers.  The superstar athlete, the dead girlfriend and police detectives who may have bungled the investigation have many comparing the Pistorious case to that of OJ Simpson. 

Joining us to consider that comparison are Judy Muller, a veteran journalist who covered the OJ Simpson trial,  and former defense attorney Stan Goldman.


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