Articles, Blog

Oscar Pistorius Emotional on the Witness Stand


LAND HIS FAMILY SETTLED IN THE 19th CENTURY. WE ARE LIVE IN BUNKERVILLE, NEVADA, WITH THE LATEST. >>Reporter: WELL RIGHT NOW IT IS A VERY FLUID SITUATION AND GETTING WORSE COMPARED TO WHAT IT WAS A FEW HOURS AGO. POLICE AND S.W.A.T. TEAMS ARE IN AN ARMED STANDOFF WITH PROTESTERS JUST UP THE ROAD. WE HAVE A LIVE VIEW THAT WE’LL TAKE SOME VIDEO RIGHT NOW. BASICALLY IT IS OF PROTESTERS BLOCKING THE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF INTERSTATE 15. THAT IS A MAJOR NORTH-SOUTH INTERSTATE BETWEEN NEVADA AND UTAH. THEY WERE UP THERE AND TRYING TO RETRIEVE CATTLE THAT BELONGED TO RANCHER CLIVE BUNDY THAT HAD BEEN IMPOUNDED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT. BUNDY HAD SAID ABOUT AN HOUR OR TWO AGO, LISTEN, IF I DON’T HEAR FROM BLM IN ONE HOUR, WE’RE GOING TO GET THEM. 200 PROTESTERS LEFT THIS AREA AND HEADED UP THERE AND WENT TO THE PEN IMPOUND AREA AND BLOCKED I-15 IN THE PROCESS. >>THAT BROUGHT OUT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL POLICE, S.W.A.T. TEAMS AND THAT IS WHERE IT IS RIGHT NOW. EARLIER TODAY, HOWEVER, ABOUT TWO HOURS AGO, PROTESTERS WERE CELEBRATING IN VICTORY AFTER THE BLM DECIDED TO BACK DOWN AND PULL OUT. THEY SAID FOR SAFETY OF THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC. THIS, AFTER HUNDREDS HAD SHOWED UP HERE FROM AROUND THE WEST TO SUPPORT BUNDY IN HIS BATTLE WITH THE BLM. THE AGENCY SAYS THAT BUNDY HAD DEFIED TWO COURT ORDERS TO REMOVE HIS CATTLE FROM FEDERAL LAND AND HE REFUSED TO DO THAT AND YET THEY BACKED DOWN OUT OF FEAR BECAUSE SO MANY OF THESE OUT OF STATERS WERE CARRYING RIFLES, AR 15th, SIDE ARMS. EARLIER THE FEDERAL AGENTS HAD TASERED ONE OF HIS SONS AND TACKLED ONE OF HIS DAUGHTERS AND OUT OF FEAR OF ESCALATION OR PROVOCATION, THEY DECIDED TO BACK DOWN. HERE IS SOME SOUND BITE THAT WE HAVE FROM EARLIER TODAY WHEN THE CROWD HEARD THAT THE BLM HAD BACKED DOWN.>>I BELIEVE A PRESS RELEASE HAS ALREADY BEEN PUT FORTH. THE BLM IS GOING TO CEASE THIS OPERATION. [ YELLING ]>>Reporter: NOW, TO SOME BUNDY IS A FREE-LOADER AND OUTLAW FOR HIS FAILURE TO PAY HIS GRAZING FEES OVER 20 YEARS, TO OTHERS HE IS A FOLK HERO. THE LAST RANCHER IN CLARK COUNTY AND NOW HE HAS CAUSED THE FEDS TO BACK DOWN. I’LL WRAP IT UP AND WE’LL BRING IT LATER TO YOU HOW IT RESOLVES ITSELF, WITH THE 400 CATTLE OR SO THAT HAS BEEN IMPOUNDED. >>IT IS INCREDIBLE, STAY SAFE OUT THERE BECAUSE IT IS A INTENSE SITUATION. WILLIAM, WE’LL LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR UPDATE LATER. >>>TURNING NOW TO OSCAR PISTORIUS. ENDING A VERY ROUGH WEEKEND ON THE WITNESS STAND. BLISTERING CROSS-EXAMINATION FROM THE CHIEF PROSECUTOR. THE OLYMPIC RUNNER CONTRADICTING HIMSELF YESTERDAY WHEN HE SPOKE ABOUT THE NIGHT HE FATALLY SHOT GIRLFRIEND REEVA STEENKAMP. THE PROSECUTOR POUNCING ON HIS STUMBLE SAYING PISTORIUS WAS TRYING TO COVER UP LIES. THE SO-CALLED BLADE RUNNER SAID HE WAS CONFUSED AND TIRED. LET’S BRING IN OUR LEGAL PANEL, TIRE RAW SELF AND DAVID WOOL THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY. WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT THIS, UNLIKE AMERICA, THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY IS NOT EVEN ALLOWED TO SPEAK WITH HIS CLIENT DURING CROSS-EXAMINATION. SO FOR THE BETTER PART OF THREE OR FOUR DAYS, THE DEFENSE ATTORNEY HAS NOT BEEN ABLE TO COACH HIS CLIENT. INSTEAD WE SAW HIM LITERALLY PUT HIS HAND DOWN, SHAKING HIS HEAD, COVERING HIS EYES, AS IF, LIKE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO ME? IT HAS NOT BEEN GOOD FOR OSCAR PISTORIUS. >>WELL, GREG, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT THAT, THOUGH. THIS PROSECUTOR, AND WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE WHEN WE DO TRIALS. HE HAS BEEN SO ARGUMENTATIVE AND BADGERED PISTORIUS AND GONE SO VISUALLY AFTER HIM THAT IF THERE WERE A JURY IN THIS CASE THERE IS NO QUESTION THE JURY WOULD BE TURNED AGAINST HIM. AND I’M NOT CONVINCED THIS JUDGE ISN’T TURNED AGAINST HIM. THE JUDGE HAS ADMONISHED HIM ABOUT CALLING HIM A LIAR AND KBLOING AFTER — AND GOING AFTER HIM IN A WAY THAT WOULDNER BE A — WOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED IN AMERICA. AND OSCAR IS SAYING IT WAS A TRAGEDY ZENTD AND NOT A CRIME AND THE JUDGE MAY BELIEVE THAT. >>AND THIS IS A JUDGE AND NOT A JURY AND THE JUDGE IS WELL USED TO THE PROSECUTOR’S TACTICS AND HE HAS REALLY WORN DOWN OSCAR — PISTORIUS. >>YES. AND WHAT IS INTERESTING IS WE ARE NOT IN AMERICA, IT IS SOUTH AFRICA. THEY FOCUS ON THE SUBJECTIVE MENTAL OPINION OF THE PERSON AT THE TIME THAT THE CRIME WAS COMMITTED. AND WHILE I THINK INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE AND INTENTIONAL MURDER HERE IS VERY DIFFICULT TO PROVE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IT IS SOLELY CIRCUMSTANTIAL CASE, NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE, I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO GET THERE BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS THAT OSCAR COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY HAD HE JUST BEEN A LITTLE MORE CLEAR HEADED. >>YEAH, YOU KNOW, DAVID, I HEAR THIS FROM LAWYERS ALL OVER AMERICA WHO HAVE BEEN WATCHING THIS CASE, PISTORIUS’ STORY FUNDAMENTALLY MAKES NO SENSE.>>WELL, GREG, I DON’T BUY THAT. I THINK IT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE AS RACHEL SAID, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IT FROM A STANDARD OF REASONABLENESS IN LIGHT OF HIS SEVERE DISABILITY. HE GOT UP THAT NIGHT, GREG AND HE WAS WALKING ON STUMPS. HE HEARD SOMETHING IN THE BATHROOM. HE DID NOT THINK IT WAS — RACHEL — HE DID NOT THINK IT WAS HIS GIRLFRIEND REEVA BECAUSE LITERALLY SHE WOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING AND YOU HEARD NOTHING. AND IF HE SAID SOMETHING AND CALLS OUT FOR HER AND THEN HE IDENTIFIES HIMSELF TO THE ATTACKER HE THINKS HE IS IN HIS HOUSE. SO WHEN HE GOES UP TO THE BATHROOM DOOR, HE KNOWS, IT IS ME OR THE ATTACKER. I HAVE NO WAY OF RUNNING AWAY FROM THIS SITUATION. HE COULDN’T PUT HIS LEGS ON. >>AHH. >>YEAH. >>I COULD HEAR YOUR EXASPERATION. >>IT IS SO TRUE. THE ISSUE IS THIS — HE’S NO VICTIM. AND YES, A APPRECIATE WHAT DAVID IS SAYING WITH REGARD TO THE FACT HE DIDN’T HAVE HIS LEGS ON. BUT THAT’S HOW HE LIVES HIS LIFE WITHOUT LEGS. IT ISN’T LIKE HE JUST LOST HIS LEGS THAT MORNING AND COULDN’T FUNCTION. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS HE COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY TO PREVENT THIS TRAGEDY FROM HAPPENING. HE COULD HAVE TURNED TO HER IN BED AND SAID I THINK I HEARD SOMETHING AND WHISPERED SOMETHING. IT WOULDN’T DAMAGE THEM OR PUT THEM IN DANGER. >>SHE WAS NOT IN BED, THAT WAS THE PROBLEM. >>BUT HIS STORY IS THAT SHE WAS, THAT HE SAW HER UNDER THE DUE V.A. — DUVAY. AND WHAT I FIND IS THAT IT WASN’T THE EFFICIENCE BULLET THAT KILLED HER. SO HE FIRES ONE BULLET BECAUSE HE IS IN FEAR. HE’S A HOT HEAD, ONE BULLET. >>SHE WAS — SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN SCREAMING, DAVID. >>NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE, ABSOLUTELY. >>AS SOMEONE WHO REGULARLY GOES TO A SHOOTING RANGE, I CAN TELL YOU, WHEN YOU ARE FIRING A HANDGUN AND I HAVE EAR PROTECTION, YOU HEAR NOTHING BUT THE HANDGUN DISCHARGING. HE SHOT FOUR SHOTS IN RAPID SUCCESSION AND HE DIDN’T HEAR ANYTHING AND BY THE TIME HE STOPPED IT WAS TOO LATE. >>AND IT DIDN’T OCCUR HIM THAT HIS GIRLFRIEND WAS BEHIND THE DOOR, COME ON, DAVID?>>AND UNDER — >>AND I THINK THE JUDGE WILL BELIEVE HIM. >>NO. BECAUSE UNDER SOUTH AFTERICAB — AFRICAN LAW, YOU CAN ONLY ALLOWED TO USE DEADLY FORCE IF SOMEONE IS ATTACKING YOU WITH DEADLY FORCE AND THERE IS NO BARRIER. SO I THINK HE IS IN TROUBLE WITH THE NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE. >>HE SURELY IS. RACHEL AND DAVID, GOOD TO SEE YOU BOTH. >>GOOD TO SEE YOU GUYS.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *